Alex Katz

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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.

Biography

*1927, Brooklyn, New York City, USA. The artist lives and works in New York City and Maine, USA. Galerie Klüser has been representing Alex Katz since 1989 and has published many of his editions.

Biography

1946-49Cooper Union Art School, NY, USA
1949-50Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, USA
1972Guggenheim Grant
Grant of the Cooper Unions Professional Achievement Citation
1980Grant of the St. Gaudens Medal in Art
2000“Artist of the City”, The Cooper Union, NY, USA

Selected Exhibitions at Galerie Klüser and Klüser 2

2020IL MONDO UMANO, Group Show
2018IL MONDO BOTANICO, Group Show
2017Hommage à Alex Katz, Solo Show
2016JUST BLACK AND WHITE, Group Show
2012PAINTINGS AND WORKS ON PAPER, Solo Show
SELECTED DRAWINGS
2011HIGHLIGHTS, Group Show
2009SELECTED WORKS, Solo Show
2008REFLECTIONS ON LIGHT – 30 YEARS GALERIE BERND KLÜSER, Group Show
2007DRAWINGS, Group Show
2006SMALL PAINTINGS, Solo Show
2004PAINTINGS, Solo Show
2002RECENT PAINTINGS, Solo Show

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 
2019/20MOBY DICK, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, USA
2019WATER LILIES, Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, France
ALEX KATZ, Brandhorst Museum, Munich, Germany
2018BRAND-NEW & TERRIFIC: ALEX KATZ IN THE 1950s, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, USA
2017/18SMALL PAINTINGS, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, USA
2017BLACK AND WHITE, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA
BRAND-NEW & TERRIFIC: ALEX KATZ IN THE 1950s, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
2016ALEX KATZ: QUICK LIGHT, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
2015/16ALEX KATZ: THIS IS NOW, Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
ALEX KATZ AT THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA
2015BRAND-NEW & TERRIFIC: ALEX KATZ IN THE 1950s, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, USA
ALEX KATZ: THIS IS NOW, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
2014DRAWINGS, CARTOONS, PAINTINGS, Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
2014/15ARTIST ROOMS: ALEX KATZ, Tate Modern, London, UK
2013LANDSCAPES, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland
2013NEW YORK/MAINE, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
2012NAKED BEAUTY, Kestnergesellschaft Hannover, Hannover, Germany
GIVE ME TOMORROW, Tate St.Yves, Cornwall, UK
2011DER PERFEKTE AUGENBLICK, Museum Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
2010Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
PRINTS, PAINTINGS, CUTOUTS, Kunsthalle Fürth, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
PORTRAITS, National Gallery, London, England
2009SEEING, DRAWING, MAKING, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, USA
AN AMERICAN WAY OF SEEING, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, Frankreich; Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Deutschland; Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finnland

Collections

 
Museum Brandhorst, München, Germany
Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Malága, Spain
Cleveland Museum of Art, USA
Des Moines Art Center, USA
MIT List Visual Arts Center, USA
MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art – North Miami, USA
National Gallery of Canada, Canada
Sammlung Essl, Kunsthaus, Austria
Tate Britain, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, USA
UBS Art Collection, USA and others

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