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Small paintings and drawings 1990-2016
27 settembre - 12 novembre 2016
After his large shows this year at the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Serpentine Gallery in London, we are delighted to announce an exhibition of small paintings and drawings by Alex Katz.
We will present the more intimate side of the great painterʼs work. His small paintings are made directly in front of the live model or en plein air, their brush strokes are more gestural and impulsive
Also the drawings offer insight into the artist's process as often the original idea for a painting is illustrated here in its nascent state. Katz draws quickly in charcoal and pencil searching for the right expression, but in fact often his drawings are almost as accomplished as a painting, they are like paintings in black and white.
Alex Katz was born in New York in 1927 as the son of Russian – Jewish immigrants and studied painting at the Cooper Union School of Art from 1946 to 1949. Since the 1960s he has developed a highly innovative realist style unlike any of his contemporaries. Having appeared on the American artistic scene at the end of the ʻ50s, the years of Abstract Expressionism, and being a contemporary of Pop Art and the subsequent artistic movements, Katz surprisingly managed to reconcile the abstract movement with realism in US post war art, in a style that he himself defines as “totally American”. His final images are essential, luminous, direct and sharp, showing very intense colour planes, rendered in a particular bidimensional perspective, free of any sentimental connotation and yet able to communicate a profound emotional involvement.
The work of Alex Katz is widely represented at museum in the USA, including MoMA, the Metropolitan and the Whitney in New York, as well as in European Museums, like Tate Modern in London, the MMK in Frankfurt, the Albertina in Vienna and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.