Weng Contemporary is pleased to announce the exhibition “The Feminine Soul through Alex Katz´s Eyes” as online exclusive. The exhibition is supported by a Social Media competition on our social channels to win 10% discount coupon. Follow us!
For over 70 years, Alex Katz has delighted his audience with his hyper-simplified and chromatically bold portraits of fashionable individuals. At first sight, his painting can look easy, maybe even a bit naïve… but the hedonistic aspect of his art is only misleading, and hides several layers of interpretation. Alex Katz is probably the best living representative of American figurative painting, and one of the most captivating and recognizable artists of our era. With over 200 exhibitions under his belt, his artworks are part of the permanent collections of the most important museums, like the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, the Tate Gallery in London and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, making him a true living god of modern American Art.
The exhibition will follow three different topics: "Style and Glamour", "The Beauty of the Sphinx" and "The Grace of Melancholy".
The topic of "Style and Glamour" is personified by the portraits from the series "Black Dress". In these prints we find in full all the characteristic traits of the mature style of Alex Katz: the big format, the use of the monochrome as background, and the enigmatic and captivating expression of his models.
"The Beauty of the Sphinx" is brought to life by the portraits of Christy Turlington, supermodel of the 1990s, here captured with an expression of detached melancholia. They are classic, ancient beauties, with a collected and refined elegance.
"The Grace of Melancholy" is expressed strongly in the portraits of the series "Six Aquatints", where the black and white cancels the pop art freshness he has always been associated with. "Christine" and "Elizabeth" keep us wondering about the mysteries hidden in their serious faces, almost wrapped in a gloomy melancholy.