A new record for the work of Alex Katz was set at the Phillips auction house in London last October. His 1972 painting, Blue Umbrella sold for $4.1 million.
The painting is just one of the more than 200 that Katz has done of Ada, his wife and muse.
The 92-year-old Brooklyn born artist is going to have his first solo exhibit in Spain this fall, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid.
The exhibit will include paintings of flowers, landscapes and portraits, done in the distinctive style and colors that Katz has refined during his long career.
Alex Katz has been married to Ada for more than sixty years. The couple has been living in their SoHo loft and studio since 1968. Katz has continued to hone his unique style throughout the decades, and through the art movements, like Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop and Op, that were the focus of the art world, while he concentrated on his unrivaled form and color.
The exhibition of Alex Katz’s work at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid will run from June 23rd through October 4, 2020.
The works of Ellsworth Kelly had a profound influence on American art, although his paintings were considered too European when they were first shown in New York in 1956.
Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York in 1923. He studied at the Pratt Institute in 1941 and was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943. After the war, Kelly studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and moved to Paris to study at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Kelly left Paris in 1953. The influence of the painters he met in Paris had a lasting impact on his work…and on the future of art in America.
Kelly’s works are in the permanent collections of the Whitney, the Tate Modern and other major venues. President Obama awarded Kelly the National Medal of Arts in 2013. In May, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of Ellsworth Kelly postage stamps, depicting ten of Kelly’s designs.
One of Kelly’s finest legacies is a project that he began thirty years ago, when he was asked to design a structure to stand in the vineyard of a California TV producer. Kelly designed the building, but it wasn’t completed until last February, and it wasn’t built in California.
Called Austin, the stucco building was constructed on the grounds of the Blanton Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, almost exactly as he had envisioned it 30 years ago. Construction began just two months before Kelly died, in December 2015, at the age of 92.
The Works of Alex Katz and Ellsworth Kelly at Surovek Gallery
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Calvin Tomkins. Alex Katz’s Life in Art. The New Yorker. August20, 2018.
Tom McGlynn. Alex Katz: New Paintings and Sculptures. Brooklyn Rail. June 2019.
M.h. Miller. Ellsworth Kelly’s Temple for Light. The New York Times Style Magazine. February 8, 2018.
Nate Freeman. How Austin Became the Home, and Namesake, of Ellsworth Kelly’s Final Masterpiece. Vanity Fair. February 23, 2018.