The Works of Pablo Picasso and Alex Katz

Pablo Picasso and Alex Katz are both artists who established their own creative paths and their own styles, while others were conforming to the movements of the day.

Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973

Pablo Picasso, 1962

Pablo Picasso was groomed to be an artist by his father, who was his first teacher. Picasso was an emotional and thoughtful artist, not afraid to experiment with the ideas that assailed him as he worked.

He was heavily influenced by African sculpture and ancient Iberian art and developed the technique of collage that, in turn, led him to create his cubist works.

Pablo Picasso
Femme Aux Cheveux Flous, 1962
Linoleum cut
35 x 27 cm
Edition; 29/50
Signed: Picasso in pencil (l.r.)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Picasso also worked with clay, and was able to apply his approach to sculpture and pottery.

Pablo Picasso
Femme, 1955
Partially glazed terracotta pitcher
12.87 inches in height
Edition: 100
Stamped: Madoura Plein Feu/D’Apres Picasso
For sale at Surovek

Picasso’s influence on other artists, and on the art world, was profound. The Museum of Modern Art has been called “the house that Pablo built,” because it has so often, and widely, exhibited the artist’s work. MoMA’s opening exhibition in 1930 included fifteen paintings by Picasso.

We have a variety of works by Picasso, in both print and sculpture, in Surovek Gallery.

Alex Katz, 1927 – present

Alex Katz, 2015

Like Picasso, Alex Katz was encouraged by his father to pursue a career as an artist. And, like Picasso, Katz didn’t try to emulate the pop and minimalist movements that were popular during the early years of his career.

Alex Katz
Sunset, Lake Wesserumett ll, 1972
Screenprint in grays on paper
30 x 36 inches
Signed: Alex Katz in pencil (l.r.)
Numbered: 4160 in pencil (l.l.)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

What Katz did instead, was to evolve a style that uses incredible color combinations and clean lines to create unique portraits, landscapes and sculptures.

Alex Katz
Purple Hat (Ada), 2017
Archival pigment inks
46 x 21 inches
Edition: 83/125
Signed: Alex Katz 83/125 (l.l.)
Available at Surovek Gallery

Katz began to produce cut-out sculptures in 1959. Like his paintings and prints, the sculptures combine simple forms with astonishing color compositions.

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 is currently having a show at the Fosun Foundation in Shanghai, which will run through August 9, 2020. The Whitney is planning a retrospective of his work in 2022.

The Works of Pablo Picasso and Alex Katz at Surovek Gallery

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References:
Andy Battaglia. National Gallery Reopens, Gavin Brown Partners with Barbara Gladstone, and More: Morning Links from July 21, 2020. artnetnews. July 21, 2020.
Nate Freeman. Taste-Making Dealer Gavin Brown Will Join Gladstone Gallery as a Partner, Ending the Decades-Long Run of His Rebel Art ‘Enterprise’. artnetnews. July 20, 2020.
Jeramey Jannene. New Sculptures Appearing Downtown. Urban Milwaukee. July 27, 2020.
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