Katz, Alex

Alex Katz is one of the most important American artists to have emerged since 1950. Throughout his career, which now spans more than forty years, Katz has produced a remarkable and impressive body of work that constitutes a unique aspect of modern realism.

Born on July 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, Alex Katz continues to work and live in New York City. Ceaselessly painting large-scale and small works alike, he has a painterly style that is unmistakably his own, rendering flowers, landscapes, and portraits in a technique that falls between abstraction and realism.

Throughout art history, there have been a number of notable artists to fall through the cracks of categorization presumably because they were not part of a distinctive art movement but rather an independent creator with a unique vision. For an artist who has been prolifically creative and academically respected during Abstract Expressionism’s grip on the art world and later through the reign of Pop Art, Katz has remained true to his own school of thought.

Since 1954, Alex Katz’s work has been the subject of nearly 200 solo exhibitions internationally. His work is found in numerous public collections nationally and worldwide including in the Museum of Modern Art, New York – Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco – Art Institute of Chicago – The Tate Gallery, London – The Brooklyn Museum – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C – Philadelphia Museum of Art – The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, – Albertine Graphische Sammelung (Austria) – the Bayerische Museum (Germany) – the Essl Collection (Austria) – the French National Collection – the Israel Museum – the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Japan) – the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Spain) – the Nationalgalerie (Germany) – the Saatchi Collection (England) – and the Tate Gallery (England) among others.