Looking at Art with Alex Katz

Alex Katz works out every morning before he paints. This has been his routine, seven days a week, for decades, and his body of work is prolific.

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Alex Katz in his New York Studio, 2018

Not only has Katz not slowed down at age 91, he somehow managed to write a book…in his spare time.

Looking at Art With Alex Katz

Alex Katz Silkscreens for Sale

Looking at Art with Alex Katz
Published by Laurence King, 2018

Looking at Art With Alex Katz is a 208-page, lavishly illustrated book, in which he gives his concise, no-nonsense opinions about 90 great artists, both dead and alive. The book opens with a photograph of Chauvet Cave paintings and then goes on, in alphabetical order of artist, from Fra Angelico to Frank Lloyd Wright.

Looking at Art with Alex Katz feels like taking a stroll through a museum with the artist, while listening to his erudite quips.

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Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa, 1503

Katz gives his first impression of Mona Lisa in less than one hundred words.

“When I first saw Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, I was disappointed in it. The actual, physical painting didn’t seem to be particularly interesting… At first, it’s the smile they talk about, but you realize that the smile is frozen. It’s the eyes that are alive. Finally, it seemed as if it was Leonardo looking through a mask at you. It was a crazy experience and if I could have that experience, I’m sure other people have too.”

Looking at Art with Alex Katz, published by London-based publisher Laurence King, was released on October 30, 2018.

Alex Katz Sculptures at the Surovek Gallery

In 1959, Alex Katz painted figures on canvas, cut out the figures and mounted them on wood. Playwright Kenneth Koch saw the figures at an exhibit and asked Katz to construct the props and sets for his one-act play George Washington Crossing the Delaware, a satire that was produced off-Broadway in 1961.

Alex Katz
Washington Crossing the Delaware 1961
Acrylic on plywood
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Katz created life sized, figurative sculptures, which shared the stage with the play’s actors. The figures are now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Alex Katz Little Black Dress Sculptures and Silkscreens at Surovek Gallery

More than fifty years after creating the figures for Washington Crossing the Delaware, Alex Katz is still creating figurative sculptures, with one of his favorite themes: the little black dress.

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Alex Katz
Carmen from Black Dress, 2017
Aluminum, double sided
22.88 inches high
Edition: 10/35
Signed: Alex Katz
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Katz said that he wants each figure to “have energy that, like human beings, passes beyond the edges”. Thanks to his brushwork and skillful use of colors, he has achieved that feeling of energy in both his sculptures and silkscreens.

Alex Katz Prints for Sale

Alex Katz
Yvonne, 2015
31 color Silkscreen
Edition: 21/35
Signed: Alex Katz 21/35 (l.l.)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Please contact us if you would like more information about Yvonne, Carmen or any of the fine art work of Alex Katz available at the Surovek Gallery.

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References:
www.laurenceking.com/product/looking-at-art-with-alex-katz
americanart.si.edu/artwork/washington-crossing-delaware-british-soldier-13326
Emma Brockes.
Interview: Alex Katz: The smartest people bought my work. The Guardian. October 20, 2018.
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