Alex Katz, ‘Kym’, 2009, The Kitchen

Courtesy of the Artist.

Typical of Alex Katz’s portraits of family and friends, Kym is the sole subject of this linoleum cut. A recurring subject in his prints, Kym has been depicted in a variety of mediums since 1995. While its stark black-and-white severity seems a compositional departure from Katz’s colorful paintings—and representative of the artist’s longstanding engagement with the histories of printmaking—its bold contours are emblematic of his lucid, elegant style. –Courtesy of The Kitchen

AP 4 of 8. Framed, framed dimensions: 20 1/2 x 34 1/4 inches

Signature: Lower Left

Image rights: Courtesy of the Artist and The Kitchen.

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