Tributes to Jasper Johns and Alex Katz

Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror

A retrospective of the works of Jasper Johns will be shown simultaneously at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The exhibit, called Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror has been in the works for five years and is schedule to open at both venues on September 29, 2021.

Jasper Johns
Three Flags, 1958
Whitney Museum of American Art

The exhibit includes nearly 500 works that span a seventy decade career. Many of Johns’ most iconic works have been loaned to the museums for the retrospective. His iconic Three Flags is part of the Whitney’s permanent collection. It will be displayed  alongside White Flag, 1955, on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Flag on Orange Field, 1957 from the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and other pieces, some which have never been exhibited to the public before and come from the artist’s own collection.

The Flag paintings had a profound effect on the trends of modern art, as were many other of his works, whose meanings were left to the discretion of the viewer.

In 1960, Johns began to make prints, which he continues to do today. At age 90, he lives in his Sharon, Connecticut estate, where he has set aside space for a printmaking studio.

Jasper Johns
Cicada, 1981
Lithograph printed in colors
26 5/8 x 20 3/8 inches
Edition 4/58
Signed in pencil, dated and numbered
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Several fine examples of Jasper Johns‘ work are available at Surovek Gallery.

Alex Katz: Retrospective Planned at the Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is preparing for a 2022 retrospective of the works of Alex Katz.

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

At age 93, Katz continues his routine of working out first thing in the morning and painting for the remainder of the day. He sticks to the same routine whether he’s in the SoHo studio he has lived in since the 1960s or the farmhouse in Lincolnville, Maine, where he has painted since the 1950s.

Unlike many other artists of his generation, who rebelled against Abstract Expressionism and explored avenues like Op Art and Pop Art, Katz concentrated on landscapes and figurative works.

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

His work was slow to be appreciated in the U.S., but by the 1980s his career had found global success. His work is currently on exhibit at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Pantin in Paris and at the Gladstone Galleries in Beijing and New York.

Solo exhibits are planned for 2022 in Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Maine and, of course, at the Guggenheim.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Jasper Johns, Alex Katz or any of the other fine artists whose works are available at Surovek Gallery.


References:
Deborah Solomon. Jasper Johns Still Doesn’t Want to Explain His Art. The New York Times. February 17, 2018.
Andy Battaglia. Guggenheim Museum to Mount Retrospective for Alex Katz, New York Painter Extraordinaire, in 2022. Artnews. January 17, 2020.
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