A rich selection of new works based on Katz's key themes of research, portraits and landscapes.
Alex Katz is a key figure in the sphere of contemporary art research. He came to the fore in the mid-1950s and set out to contrast abstract Expressionism and anticipated the genre of Pop Art.
His cold style of painting tends to eliminate the difference between subject and background, where everything passes through the moment of observation. This attitude towards the image has had a great impact on developments in painting of the last 20 years. “I like creating images which are so simple that you cannot avoid them and so complex that you can’t grasp what they’re about”, stated Katz summarizing the paradox of his research. Light, shadows and reflections seem to develop an independent force of their own which has an affect on the image taking shape on the canvas. All this emerges clearly in this new cycle of works where the 82-year-old artist expresses extraordinary creative vitality with monumental works more than six meters long. The catalogue is published in English and Italian with contributions from Alberto Fiz and Vincent Katz. It also contains an interview given by Alex Katz to Alberto Fiz, and two conversations: one between Katz and Francesco Clemente and the other between Katz and Richard Prince.