Alex Katz is considered the most important figurative painter of our time. His large-scale portraits are characterised by their bold and representational manner, a style he evolved during the 50s amidst the height of Abstract Expressionism. His large-sized reduced portraits expressing the new American way of life can be viewed as the first step towards Pop Art. A decade later he expanded his oeuvre by creating more stylised and expressive depictions of flowers, plants and treetops. The intense engagement with simplified forms, light reflections and colour compositions remains his main objective, instead of emphasising specific statements and extensive interpretations. Alex Katz was born in 1927 in Queens, New York, where he still lives and works. The artist’s work was honoured with several awards and it is included in numerous important collections, for instance the MoMA (New York), the Whitney Museum (New York), the Tate Britain (London), the National Gallery Canada (Ottawa) and the Brandhorst Museum (Munich). The Galerie Klüser has been representing Alex Katz since 1989.
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