Alex Katz, ‘VINCENT (Rare Proof Gifted by Alex Katz to his sister) ’, 1972, Alpha 137 Gallery
Alex Katz, ‘VINCENT (Rare Proof Gifted by Alex Katz to his sister) ’, 1972, Alpha 137 Gallery
Alex Katz, ‘VINCENT (Rare Proof Gifted by Alex Katz to his sister) ’, 1972, Alpha 137 Gallery
Alex Katz, ‘VINCENT (Rare Proof Gifted by Alex Katz to his sister) ’, 1972, Alpha 137 Gallery
Alex Katz, ‘VINCENT (Rare Proof Gifted by Alex Katz to his sister) ’, 1972, Alpha 137 Gallery

This print depicts Alex Katz young son Vincent, as he was in 1972. It is a very rare Artist's Proof aside from the regular edition of that Alex Katz himself framed and gifted to his sister, who kept it all these years. In 2016, she was placed in an assisted living facility, and her son Rob (Alex Katz' nephew) decided to sell this work. It is accompanied by a handwritten and signed letter from Alex Katz' nephew describing its unique and impressive provenance.
The print, Vincent, was published by Brooke Alexander Inc. for the benefit of the Phoenix House Foundation and can be found in the Alex Katz: The Complete Prints, by Nicholas P. Maravell and published by Alpine Fine Arts Collection, Ltd. (catalogue raisonne #63). It is signed designated as an Artists proof and in excellent condition. In the original frame Alex Katz brought to his sister back in the 1970s. Ready to hang.
Measurements:
Sheet: 15 inches by 21 inches
Frame: 15.5 inches by 21.5 inches

Signature: Signed in pencil and designated as a special proof on the recto (front)

Publisher: Brooke Alexander for the benefit of The Phoenix House Foundation, New York. Printed by Paul Narkiewicz, New York.

Wonderful provenance: gifted by Alex Katz to his sister, then by descent to her son Rob. Accompanied by a hand written hand signed letter from Rob describing this work's unique provenance.

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