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The Museum Brandhorst presents a major exhibition of works by celebrated American painter Alex Katz. A towering figure in contemporary painting best known for his iconic portraits of beautiful, stylish women, inspired generations of artists around the world. Featuring more than eighty works, the exhibition will offer visitors a retrospective overviewing this seminal artist’s oeuvre from the 1950s to today.
The exhibition begins with works from the late 1950s and early 1960s, including portraits of the renowned choreographer and dancer Paul Taylor and his company for which Katz designed many sets. A series of seminal single and group portraits from the 1960s established Katz’s signature style as well as the social and artistic milieu of Downtown New York, both of which remain leitmotifs throughout his work and the exhibition. Two large galleries of landscapes show Katz playing at the edge of abstraction while at the same time recommitting himself to a decidedly modern form of realism.
Also on display will be a sizable collection of small oil paintings, sketches, and preparatory drawings. The exhibition draws on the Museum Brandhorst’s own extensive collection of works by the artist, supplemented by key works from other public and private collections.