Alex Katz, ‘Beach House’, 2012, Alpha 137: Prints & Exhibition Ephemera III
Alex Katz, ‘Beach House’, 2012, Alpha 137: Prints & Exhibition Ephemera III
Alex Katz, ‘Beach House’, 2012, Alpha 137: Prints & Exhibition Ephemera III
Alex Katz, ‘Beach House’, 2012, Alpha 137: Prints & Exhibition Ephemera III

On the occasion of Alex Katz' 2012 monumental print retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the artist authorized the Museum to publish a very limited edition of reproductions of his 1966 silkscreen "Beach House" - one of the earliest prints Alex Katz ever made. (The original work was printed by Chiron Press, New York and published by Fischbach Gallery in New York -- Alex Katz' gallery of record during that era. It was based upon a collage Katz did in the late 1950 - and measured only about 5 by 4 inches. ) The present print - at 16.1 x 20 inches, is notably larger than the original. It is unframed. It has been opened for photography and inspection, but otherwise is held in the original board with a sales label from the Museum of Fine Arts, along with a label from the Bentley Arts Group which made this high quality reproduction. It is so well made and seemingly authentic - our own gallery staff didn't realize it was a reproduction! Needless to say, the Museum sold out of this limited edition commemorative print almost immediately, and they made no other editions as this was a one-off authorization exclusively to promote Katz' print retrospective.

Unframed and in very good condition. Plate signed and numbered 40/50.
--Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

Signature: Plate signed and numbered 40/50. Bears the label from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the sticker from the publisher.

Publisher: Published by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; printed by Bentley Global Arts Group

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

About Alex Katz

New York School painter Alex Katz developed his highly stylized aesthetic in reaction to 1950s Abstract Expressionism, finding his own distinctive resolution between formalism and representation. His brightly colored figurative and landscape paintings are rendered in a flat style that takes cues from everyday visual culture like advertising and cinema, in many ways anticipating both the formal and conceptual concerns of Pop Art. Well known for his many portraits of his wife and muse, Ada, Katz has also dedicated himself to printmaking and freestanding sculptures of cutout figures painted on wood or aluminum.

American, b. 1927, New York, New York, based in New York, New York