Alex Katz, ‘Double Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg’, 1959, Neuberger Museum of Art

Colby College Museum of Art,
Museum purchase made possible by The Alex Katz
Foundation, Peter and Paula Lunder through
the Lunder Foundation, Michael Gordon '66,
Barbara and Theodore Alfond through the
Acorn Foundation, and the Jere Abbott
Acquisitions Fund, 2016.190. Art c. Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s is organized by the Colby College Museum
of Art, Waterville, Maine

Image rights: Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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