In the 1950s, when the prominent style was Abstract Expressionism, Alex Katz made a radical artistic statement by choosing a more traditional subject: people. His “big face portraits,” as they were affectionately called at the time, were almost always larger than life in size, reflective of the monumental canvases …

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Edition of 60. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers will be considered.

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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.

High auction record
£3.4m, Phillips, 2019
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
PortraitsMarlborough New York
2016
Alex KatzSerpentine Galleries
2015
Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950sColby College Museum of Art
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THE EMPEROR JONES, 2006

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60 × 32 in
152.4 × 81.3 cm
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In the 1950s, when the prominent style was Abstract Expressionism, Alex Katz made a radical …

GA
Gallery Art
Aventura

Edition of 60. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All …

Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Hand signed and numbered in pencil by the artist.
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Not included

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.

High auction record
£3.4m, Phillips, 2019
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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