Alex Katz, ‘Twilight I and Twilight II’, 2008, Public Art Fund 2014 Benefit Auction

Estimate $5,000. Known for timeless portraits of chic women or tranquil scenes from nature, Alex Katz has a keen sensibility for pure colors and flat surfaces. Inspired by the light and landscape of Maine since studying at Skowhegan in 1949, Katz has said, “I want to go into areas where no one’s been in terms of time: at twilight, you get ten or fifteen minutes.”

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist

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