Alex Katz, ‘Friendship Through Flowers, Ikebana International’, 1968, ArtWise

Signed in pencil by Alex Katz, lower left, published for the Ikebana International conference in 1968. The group is non-profit, cultural and educational organization formed in 1956 and located in Tokyo, Japan. The motto of the group is "Friendship Through Flowers".

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