Alex Katz


b. Brooklyn, New York 1927

Alex Katz is an American figurative artist known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints. As a New York School painter, the artist developed his highly stylized aesthetic in reaction to 1950s Abstract Expressionism, finding his own distinctive resolution between formalism and representation. His brightly colored figurative and landscape paintings are rendered in a flat style that takes cues from everyday visual culture like advertising and cinema, in many ways anticipating both the formal and conceptual concerns of Pop Art. Well known for his many portraits of his wife and muse, Ada, Katz has also dedicated himself to printmaking and freestanding sculptures of cutout figures painted on wood or aluminum.

Katz's work is in the collections of over 100 public institutions worldwide, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; the Tate Gallery, London; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo; the Nationalgalerie, Berlin; and the Museum Brandhorst, Munich.

Exhibitions with L V H
Selected Work
Ada (Outline), 2017 Mirror polished stainless steel on absolute black granite base with suede finish 345.4 x 114.3 x 61 cm | 136 x 45 x 24 in Edition of 4
Ariel, 2015 Oil on linen 182.9 x 243.8 cm | 72 x 96 in
Coca-Cola Girl, 2019 Printed aluminium on polished aluminium base 53.3 x 48.3 x 7.6 cm | 21 x 19 x 3 in Edition of 60