Konstalbum-Alex Katz

Alex Katz - Distilling Art to its Essence

Alex Katz - In his Studio

Alex Katz - Photo by Vivien Bittencourt 2011

Alex Katz - Robert Storr Interview

Alex Katz by Sarah Shatz

Alex Katz with his Black Hat 2014

Alex Katz - Group Portrait 2, ca 1950

Alex Katz - Interior ca 1950

Alex Katz - Ives 1950

Alex Katz - Four People 1953-54

Alex Katz - Wildflowers 1954-55

Alex Katz - Goldenrod 1955

Alex Katz - Track Jacket 1956

Alex Katz - Edith and Rudy 1957

Alex Katz - Ada 1959

Alex Katz - Ada in Blue Sweater 1959

Alex Katz - Ada, Ada 1959

Alex Katz - Bather 1959

Alex Katz - Double Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg 1959

Alex Katz - Here's to You 1961

Alex Katz - Ada Seated 1963

Alex Katz - Eli 1963

Alex Katz - Red Smile 1963

Alex Katz - The Cocktail Party 1965

Alex Katz - Upside Down Ada 1965

Alex Katz - Beach House 1966

Alex Katz - Beach Scene 1966

Alex Katz - Ada 1967

Alex Katz - Ada and Vincent 1967

Alex Katz - Ted Berrigan 1967

Alex Katz - Impala 1968

Alex Katz - One Flight Up 1968

Alex Katz - Alex at Cheat Lake 1969

Alex Katz - Woman with Red Turtleneck 1969

Alex Katz - Self Portrait with Sunglasses 1970

Alex Katz - Violet Daises ca 1970

Alex Katz - Yellow Rose ca 1970

Alex Katz - Rush (detail) Self Portrait 1971

Alex Katz - Ada and Vincent in the Car 1972

Alex Katz - Edwin 1972

Alex Katz - Homage to Frank O'Hara, William Dunas 1972

Alex Katz - Superb Lilies (M 62) 1972

Alex Katz - The Black Jacket 1972

Alex Katz - Woman Bathing ca 1972

Alex Katz - Amanda 1973

Alex Katz - Anne 1973

Alex Katz - Good Afternoon 2, 1974

Alex Katz - Dog At Duck Trap 1975

Alex Katz - Green Scarf 1975

Alex Katz - Islesboro Ferryslip 1975

Alex Katz - Moose Horn State Park 1975

Alex Katz - Summer Picnic 1975

Alex Katz - The Red Band 1975

Elaine de Kooning - Alex Katz 1975

Alex Katz - Olympic Swimmer 1976

Alex Katz - Pamela (Pamela in blue) 1976

Alex Katz - Rackstraw and Pamela 1976

Alex Katz - The Red Scarf (Ada in Polo Coat) 1976

Alex Katz - Ada with Glasses 1977

Alex Katz - Round Hill 1977

Alex Katz - Larry Rivers Painting 1978

Alex Katz - Philip Pearlstein 1978

Alex Katz - December 1979

Alex Katz - Blue Umbrella 1979

Alex Katz - Gray Umbrella 1979-90

Alex Katz - Pat Extending 1979

Alex Katz - Pat Twirling 1979

Alex Katz - Red Band 1979

Alex Katz - Red Tie 1979

Alex Katz - Ada and Alex 1980

Alex Katz - Ada with Flowers 1980

Alex Katz - Design for the Dance Water Music ca 1980

Alex Katz - Song 1980-81

Alex Katz - The Ryan Sisters 1981

Alex Katz - Ada with Bathing Cap 1982

Alex Katz - John Updike 1982

Alex Katz - Tracy on the Raft at 7.30, 1982

Alex Katz - Night, William Dunas Dance Group 1983

Alex Katz - Portrait of Anna Schroeder 1983

Alex Katz - Red Coat 1983

Alex Katz - Self Portrait, Alex 1983

Alex Katz - Up in the Bleachers 1983

Alex Katz - Summer Triptych 1985

Alex Katz - Beach Sandals 1987

Alex Katz - Reclining Figure, Indian Blanket 1987

Alex Katz - Vincent and Vivien 1987

Alex Katz - Ursula in White 1988

Alex Katz - Ada in Hat 1990

Alex Katz - Ada in White Hat 1990

Alex Katz - Ada with Sunglasses 1990

Alex Katz - Anne 1990

Alex Katz - Green Jacket, Alex 1990

Alex Katz - Grey Ribbon 1990

Alex Katz - Sweatshirt 2, 1990

Alex Katz - Ada Ada 1991

Alex Katz - Passing 1991

Alex Katz - Woods 1991

Alex Katz - Alba 1992

Alex Katz - Daisies #2, 1992

Alex Katz - Grey Dress 1992

Alex Katz - January III, 1992

Alex Katz - Lincolnville, Labor Day 1992

Alex Katz - Gold and Black II, 1993

Alex Katz - Summer Seven 1993

Alex Katz - Wedding Dress 1993

Alex Katz - Margit Smiles 1994

Alex Katz - City Landscape 1995

Alex Katz - Pas de Deux I, 1995

Alex Katz - Pas de Deux II, 1995

Alex Katz - Pas de Deux III, 1995

Alex Katz - Pas de Deux IV, 1995

Alex Katz - Pas de Deux V, 1995

Alex Katz - Purple Wind 1995

Alex Katz - Black Scarf 1996

Alex Katz - May 1996

Alex Katz - Sunshine 1997

Alex Katz - Eleuthera 1999

Alex Katz - Penobscot 1999

Alex Katz - Isca 2001

Alex Katz - Magnolia 2002

Alex Katz - White Visor 2003

Alex Katz - Ada with Blue Hat 2004

Alex Katz - Cow (small) 2004

Alex Katz - Mae 2005

Alex Katz - Rosamond and John 2007

Alex Katz - Three Women on Pink 2007

Alex Katz - Fashion 2, 2008

Alex Katz - Oona in Blue 2008

Alex Katz - Oonas Back 2008

Alex Katz - Ulla 2008

Alex Katz - Ada 2009

Alex Katz - Anna (Wintour) 2009

Alex Katz - Sharon and Vivien 2009

Alex Katz - Black Hat, Bettina 2010

Alex Katz - Black Hat, Ulla 2010

Alex Katz - Black Hat, Vivien 2010

Alex Katz - Wildflowers 2010

Alex Katz - Ada 2011

Alex Katz - Field Flowers on Light Green 2011

Alex Katz - Kym 2011

Alex Katz - Black Hat IV, 2012

Alex Katz - Gavin 2012

Alex Katz - Katherine and Elizabeth 2012

Alex Katz - Sarah 2012

Alex Katz - Sophia 2012

Alex Katz - Vivien 2012

Alex Katz - Late Summer Flowers 2013

Alex Katz - Red Hat Elise 2013

Alex Katz - Alex 2014

Alex Katz - Blue Flags 2014

Alex Katz - White Roses 2014

Alex Katz - Yellow Tulips 2014

Alex Katz - Black Dress Suite of 9, 2015

Alex Katz - Black Dress Suite of 9, No. 1, Yi 2015

Alex Katz - Black Dress Suite of 9, No. 2 Cecily 2015

Alex Katz - Black Dress Suite of 9, No. 3, Oona 2015

Alex Katz - Black Dress Suite of 9, No. 4, Sharon 2015

Alex Katz - Black Dress Suite of 9, No. 5, Ulla 2015

Alex Katz - Black Dress Suite of 9, No. 6, Yvonne 2015

Alex Katz - Black Dress Suite of 9, No. 7, Carmen 2015

Alex Katz - Black Dress Suite of 9, No. 8, Ruth 2015

Alex Katz - Black Dress Suite of 9, No. 9, Christy 2015

Alex Katz - Red Hat Ada 2015

Alex Katz - White Impatients 2015

Alex Katz - A piece from the Alex Katz x H&M, Collection 2016

Alex Katz - Ariel, Red 2016

Alex Katz - Chance 1, Anne 2016

Alex Katz - Chance 2, Vivien 2016

Alex Katz - Chance 3, Darinka 2016

Alex Katz - Chance 2016

Alex Katz - Daniel 2016

Alex Katz - Sasha 2, 2016

Alex Katz - Departure (Ada) 2017

Alex Katz - Hera

Alex Katz - West Interior 1979

Alex Katz - "I can't think of anything more exciting than the surface of things. Just appearance."

Alex Katz

Ada & Alex Katz

Alex Katz - Thursday Night at 2?, 1974

Alex Katz - George Washington from Kent-Bicentennial Portfolio, Spirit of Independence 1976

Alex Katz - Eleuthera, panel 1-Patti and Martha, panel 2-Milly and Sally, panel 3-Susan and Eileen, panel 4-Liz and Rose 1984

20Alex Katz - Pharrell Williams. Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY 2016

Alex Katz - T008603-300dpi 2012

Photo © Vivien Bittencourt/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY 2016

Alex Katz - Thursday Night at ?2, 1974

Alex Katz (born July 24, 1927) is an American figurative artist. In particular, he is known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints and is represented by numerous galleries internationally.

Alex Katz was born to a Jewish family in BrooklynNew York, as the son of an émigré who had lost a factory he owned in Russia to the Soviet revolution. In 1928 the family moved to St. Albans, Queens, where Katz grew up.

From 1946 to 1949 Katz studied at The Cooper Union in New York, and from 1949 to 1950 he studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in SkowheganMaine. Skowhegan exposed him to painting from life, which would prove pivotal in his development as a painter and remains a staple of his practices today. Katz explains that Skowhegan's plein air painting gave him "a reason to devote my life to painting." Every year from early June to mid-September, Katz moves from his SoHo loft to a 19th-century clapboard farmhouse in Lincolnville, Maine. A summer resident of Lincolnville since 1954, he has developed a close relationship with local Colby College.[citation needed] From 1954 to 1960, he made a number of small collages of still lifes, Maine landscapes, and small figures. He met Ada Del Moro, who had studied biology at New York University, at a gallery opening in 1957. In 1960, Katz had his first (and only) son, Vincent Katz. Vincent Katz had two sons, Isaac and Oliver, who have been the subjects of Katz's paintings.

Katz has admitted to destroying a thousand paintings during his first ten years as a painter in order to find his style. Since the 1950s, he worked to create art more freely in the sense that he tried to paint "faster than [he] can think." His works seem simple, but according to Katz they are more reductive, which is fitting to his personality. "(The) one thing I don't want to do is things already done. As for particular subject matter, I don't like narratives, basically.

Katz achieved great public prominence in the 1980s. He is well known for his large paintings, whose bold simplicity and heightened colours are now seen as precursors to Pop Art.

Katz's paintings are divided almost equally into the genres of portraiture and landscape. Since the 1960s he has painted views of New York (especially his immediate surroundings in Soho), the landscapes of Maine, where he spends several months every year, as well as portraits of family members, artists, writers and New York society protagonists. His paintings are defined by their flatness of colour and form, their economy of line, and their cool but seductive emotional detachment. A key source of inspiration is the woodcuts produced by Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro.

In the early 1960s, influenced by films, television, and billboard advertising, Katz began painting large-scale paintings, often with dramatically cropped faces. Ada Katz, whom he married in 1958, has been the subject of over 250 portraits throughout his career. To make one of his large works, Katz paints a small oil sketch of a subject on a masonite board; the sitting might take an hour and a half. He then makes a small, detailed drawing in pencil or charcoal, with the subject returning, perhaps, for the artist to make corrections. Katz next blows up the drawing into a "cartoon," sometimes using an overhead projector, and transfers it to an enormous canvas via "pouncing"—a technique used by Renaissance artists, involving powdered pigment pushed through tiny perforations pricked into the cartoon to recreate the composition on the surface to be painted. Katz pre-mixes all his colors and gets his brushes ready. Then he dives in and paints the canvas—12 feet wide by 7 feet high or even larger—in a session of six or seven hours.

Beginning in the late 1950s, Katz developed a technique of painting on cut panels, first of wood, then aluminum, calling them "cutouts". These works would occupy space like sculptures, but their physicality is compressed into planes, as with paintings.In later works, the cutouts are attached to wide, U-shaped aluminum stands, with a flickering, cinematic presence enhanced by warm spotlights. Most are close-ups, showing either front-and-back views of the same figure's head or figures who regard each other from opposite edges of the stand.

After 1964, Katz increasingly portrayed groups of figures. He would continue painting these complex groups into the 1970s, portraying the social world of painters, poets, critics, and other colleagues that surrounded him. He began designing sets and costumes for choreographer Paul Taylor in the early 1960s, and he has painted many images of dancers throughout the years. One Flight Up (1968) consists of more than 30 portraits of some of the leading lights of New York's intelligentsia during the late 1960s, such as the poet John Ashbery, the art critic Irving Sandler and the curator Henry Geldzahler, who championed Andy Warhol. Each portrait is painted using oils on both sides of a sliver of aluminium that has then been cut into the shape of the subject's head and shoulders. The silhouettes are arranged predominantly in four long rows on a plain metal table.

After his Whitney exhibition in 1974, Katz focused on landscapes stating "I wanted to make an environmental landscape, where you were IN it." In the late 1980s, Katz took on a new subject in his work: fashion models in designer clothing, including Kate Moss and Christy Turlington. "I've always been interested in fashion because it's ephemeral," he said.

Katz has collaborated with poets and writers since the 1960s, producing several notable editions such as "Face of the Poet" combining his images with poetry from his circle, such as Ted BerriganAnn Lauterbach, Carter Ratcliff, and Gerard Malanga. He has worked with the poet John Ashbery, creating publications entitled "Fragment" in 1966 and "Coma Berenices". in 2005. He has worked with Vincent Katz on "A Tremor in the Morning" and "Swimming Home". Katz also made 25 etchings for the Arion Press edition of Gloria with 28 poems by Bill Berkson. Other collaborators include Robert Creeley, with whom he produced "Edges" and "Legeia: A Libretto". and Kenneth Koch, producing "Interlocking Lives". In 1962, Harper's Bazaar incorporated numerous wooden cutouts by Katz for a four-page summer fashion spread.

Numerous publications outline Katz's career's many facets: from Alex Katz in Maine published by the Farnsworth Art Museum to the catalogue Alex Katz New York, published by the Irish Museum of Modern ArtAlex Katz Seeing Drawing, Making, published in 2008, describes Katz's multiple-stage process of first producing charcoal drawings, small oil studies, and large cartoons for placing the image on the canvas and the final painting of the canvas. In 2005, Phaidon Press published an illustrated survey, Alex Katz, by Carter RatcliffRobert Storr and Iwona Blazwick. In 1989, a special edition of Parkett was devoted to Katz, showing that he is now considered a major reference for younger painters and artists. Over the years, Francesco ClementeEnzo CucchiLiam GillickPeter HalleyDavid Salle and Richard Prince have written essays about his work or conducted interviews with him.

Katz' work is said to have influenced many following painters, such as David SallePeter Halley and Richard Prince, as well as younger artists like Peter DoigJulian OpieLiam GillickElizabeth PeytonBarb JanuszkiewiczJohan Andersson and Brian Alfred. Furthermore, it has become ubiquitous in advertising and graphic design.