Alex Katz 1927 –
For the last two years, the Guggenheim New York has been preparing a retrospective of the works of Alex Katz. The exhibit will open in October 2022 and run through February 2023.
Katz will be 95 in July. He recently completed a hand-painted, 35,000 square foot mural at the Town Center in the planned community of Woodlands, Texas, just north of Houston.
The mural was commissioned by the Howard Hughes Corporation to enhance the 2.3 acre public gathering site.
Alex Katz spent much of the pandemic painting outdoors in Pennsylvania and Maine and finishing many of the works in his SoHo studio.
He currently has solo exhibits in England, Italy, Belgium and Spain and upcoming exhibits in Austria, the Netherlands, Chicago and Maine.
Joan Miró 1893-1983
The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness – Joan Miró
Joan Miró’s first solo show was held in his hometown of Barcelona. It was 1918. Miró was twenty five. The show was a disaster. Not a single work was sold.
Miró took himself off to Paris, where he was inspired by Picasso and other artists. He returned to Spain, to his family farm in Montroig, just outside of Barcelona, with a new outlook.
His next solo show was in Paris in 1921. It was a huge success.
Miró’s bold colors and forms are absolutely unique. His daring style influenced a new generation of abstract artists like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.
The art of Japan had a profound influence on Miró. He collected Japanese knick-knacks, kokeshi dolls, brushes and washi paper, books of haiku in various languages.
His work was shown in Japan in 1932, as part of an exhibit of Paris-based avant garde artists. The first book ever published about his work, anywhere in the world, was written by Japanese critic and surrealist poet Shuzo Takigami in 1940.
Miró met many artists from Japan during his lifetime, but did not visit Japan until he was in his 70s. He was treated like royalty during his visit and was cheered by a large crowd when he visited the National Museum of Modern Art.
An exhibit of Miró’s work is currently on exhibit at Bunkamura in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Joan Miró and Japan will travel to other major museums in Japan through September 2022.
According to Sotheby’s Mei Moses Indices, Miró’s historical significance and consistent institutional presence, have made his works highly collectable. The average compound annual return for Joan Miró in the last few years was 8.0%, with an 88.7% of works by Miró increasing in value.
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Lorrie Parise. Community Invited To Free Celebration of New Mural, Flowers, By Renowned Contemporary Artist, Alex Katz. Woodlands Online. March 31, 2022.
Andy Battaglia. Guggenheim Museum to Mount Retrospective for Alex Katz, New York Painter Extraordinaire, in 2022. Artnews. January 17, 2020.
Peter Tasker. Restless Creativity in ‘Joan Miro and Japan’ Exhibition at the Bunkamura. Japan Forward. April 6, 2022.