New York, New York, b. 1927
Alex Katz is an American figurative artist known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints. Katz's paintings explore both portraiture and landscape. In particular, he has painted views of New York with special attention to his familiar surrounding of Soho, the landscapes of Maine, where he spends partially resides, as well as portraits of family, artists, writers and influential figures in New York society. His paintings are defined by their flatness of color and form, and their casual but enticing emotional detachment. He later adapted his portraiture into large figural “cutouts” made from wood and aluminum.
Alex Katz's work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. He has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Jewish Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and more
The Emperor Jones, ed. 56/60, 2006, Silkscreen, 59 1/4 x 31 3/4 in.