Alex Katz (American, b.1927) is renowned for his figurative paintings, which examine the nature of representing the three-dimensional world on canvas in simplified portraits and landscapes. Katz was born in Brooklyn; he attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, and then studied art at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Amidst the height of Abstract Expressionism in the United States, Katz painted representational works, but in the 1950s his quick, expressive brushstrokes represent the influence of artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning on his work. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, his adherence to simplified forms and to careful studies of light, flatness, and color are particularly evident in his work. His allegiance to figuration and his embrace of the two-dimensional surface prefigured these features in Pop Art in the 1960s.

Katz also worked with collage, printmaking, and set design, increasingly concentrating on these mediums and developing freestanding sculptural collages through the 1970s. He later painted large-scale landscapes, developing “environments” in his works intended to envelop and immerse the viewer, and continues working with natural themes in his works today. Katz has held solo exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, at The Jewish Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga in Spain, among other venues, and has received several honors for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He currently lives and works in New York and Maine.

Timeline

1927
Born in Brooklyn, NY
1928
Moved to St. Albans, Queens
1946–1949
Studied at the Cooper Union Art School, New York, NY
1949–1950
Studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Showhegan, Maine
1968
Moved to present home and studio in New York
1972
Auszeichnung „Guggenheim Grant für Malerei“
1972
Auszeichung Cooper Unions Professional Achievement Citation
1980
Auszeichnung St. Gaudens Medal in Art
1994
Cooper Union Art School creates the Alex Katz Visiting Chair in Painting with the endowment provided by the sale of ten paintings donated by the artist
1996
Einweihung des The Paul J. Schupf Wing für die Arbeiten des Künstlers im Colby College. Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine, USA
2000
Auszeichnung „Artist of the City“ The Cooper Union, New York City, New York, USA
2001
Gaststipendiat der American Academy in Berlin

Exhibitions

2014
Drawings, cartoons, paintings, Albertina, Vienna, Italy (solo)
2014
45 Years of Portraits 1969 - 2014, Gallerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
2014
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2014
Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, USA (solo)
2013
New York/Maine, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Österreich (solo)
2013
Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz (solo)
Landscapes, Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
Alex Katz & Felix Vallotton, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
Selections from the Collection of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
Alex Katz: Give me tomorrow, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (solo)
Pop Art Accrochage, Fluegel-Roncak Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany
2012
Alex Katz Prints, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA (solo)
Alex Katz, Tate St. Ives (solo)
Der perfekte Augenblick, Museum Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
85 Years Pure Beauty, Galerie Fluegel-Roncak, Nuremberg, Germany (solo)
Alex Katz, Colby Museum, Maine, USA (solo)
Alex Katz: Give me tomorrow, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK (solo)
Alex Katz: Naked Beauty, Kestnergesellschaft Hanover (solo)
2012
Alex Katz, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg/Wien, Österreich (solo)
2012
Paintings and Works on Paper, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany (solo)
2011
Der Perfekte Augenblick, Museum Ostwall, Dortmund, Deutschland (solo)
2011
Zwischen Film und Kunst – Storyboards von Hitchcock bis Spielberg, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany
2011
LEBENSLINIEN - Stationen einer Sammlung, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
2011
Zettels Traum. Die Zeichnungssammlung Bernd und Verena Klüser, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
2011
Hyper Real - Kunst und Amerika um 1970, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
2011
Alex Katz, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Alex Katz: Face the Music, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Alex Katz: Figure/Ground, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY
Alex Katz, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, NY
Alex Katz: Prints, Paintings, Cutouts, Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Luc Tuymans: A Vision of Central Europe Bruge, Belgium
2010–2011
Hyper Real - Die Passion des Realen in Malerei und Fotografie, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Wien, Österreich
2010
Alex Katz, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Alex Katz: Prints, The Albertina, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Alex Katz: Once in a Lifetime, Galería Javier López–Mário Sequeira Guecho 12B, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Alex Katz: New York, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME (solo)
Alex Katz Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, England (solo)
Alex Katz, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England (solo)
To Nature: The ALTANA, Kunstsammlung Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany
Vertical Thoughts: Morton Feldman and the Visual Arts, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland
2009
Alex Katz, Musee Grenoble, Grenoble, France (solo)
Alex Katz, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany (solo)
Alex Katz, Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland (solo)
Alex Katz, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
Alex Katz: Seeing, Drawing, Making, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, NY (solo)
Alex Katz, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
Alex Katz: Reflections, Museo delle Arti di Catanzaro (MARCA), Calabria, Italy
Alex Katz: Seeing, Drawing, Making, The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, FL
2009
Works on Paper, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany
2009
Selected Works, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany (solo)
2008
Reflections on Light – 30 Years Galerie Bernd Klüser, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany
2008
Alex Katz (Zuoz), Monica De Cardenas - Milano, Milan, Itlay
Alex Katz: Subject To Reversal, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL
Marine, Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Art After 1970. From The Albertina, Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
2007
Cutouts, Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain
“Back to the Figure Contemporary Painting”, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland
“Monet to Picasso – The Batliner Collection, The Albertina, Vienna, Austria
“Alex Katz”, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
“Alex Katz in European Collections”. Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany. (solo)
“Alex Katz: Woodcuts and Linocuts”. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME(solo)
“Alex Katz Paints Ada, 1957-2005”. The Jewish Museum, New York, NY (solo)
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England(solo)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
“Alex Katz: paintings, studies, cartoons”. Galeria Toni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain. (solo)
2007
Drawings, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany
2006
Small Paintings, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany (solo)
2006
Alex Katz: The Sixties. Pacewildenstein Gallery, New York, NY
Alex Katz in Maine. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Alex Katz in European Collections, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
Alex Katz Paints Ada 1957-2005, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Alex Katz: Woodcuts and Linocuts, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Alex Katz, Texas Gallery
, Houston, TX
“Essential Painting”, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Milano, Italy
2005
First Sight. Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY
Man in White Shirt. Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain
Neue Editionen, Sabine Maximilian Verlag
, Munich, Germany
Alex Katz: Cartoons and Paintings, Albertina Museum
, Vienna, Austria
CAC Malaga, Spain
The University of South of Florida, Tampa, FL
Alex Katz Collages, Colby College Art Museum, ME
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
2004
Alex Katz. Pinturas recientes. CAC Málaga, Málaga, Spain
Alex Katz: Cartoons and Paintings, Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
Alex Katz: Twelve Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England
Stella Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
Paint on Metal:: Modern and Contemporary Explorations and Discoveries, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Die Neue Kunsthalle III materiell-immateriell, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany
Alex Katz Cutouts, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
Alex Katz 'Small Portraits and Large Landscapes'. Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano (solo, cat.).
Alex Katz 'Flowers and Landscapes'. PaceWildenstein, New York solo, cat.)
Alex Katz 'Portraits'. Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (solo, cat.)
Alex Katz 'Cut-outs'. Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg (solo)
Alex Katz. Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
E. Fischl, M. Barceló, F. Clemente, A. Katz, P. Taaffe, A. Warhol, Jablonka Galerie Cologne at TEFAF Maastricht, Netherlands
2004
Paintings, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany (solo)
2003
Alex Katz, Museum Moderner Kunst, Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Deutschland (solo)
2003
Portraits, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venedig, Italien, Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Österreich (solo)
2003
Cutouts, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Deutschland (solo)
2003
Small Paintings, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Maine, USA, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City , New York, USA, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, New York, USA, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (solo)
2003
In Your Face, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germnay (solo)
2002
Recent Paintings, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany (solo)
2002
Alex Katz 'In Your Face'. Kunst-und Astellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (solo, cat.)
Alex Katz 'Small Paintings'. Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (solo, cat.)
Alex Katz. Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington (solo)
Alex Katz. Galerie Bernd Klüster, Munich, Germany (solo)
Alex Katz: Small Paintings, travelled to: Addison Gallery of American Art Phillips Academy; Whitney Museum of American Art, USA; Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, USA; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, USA; Oklahoma City Museum, USA; The Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Alex Katz : Beach Party, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France
Alex Katz: Small Paintings 1951-2002, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England
2001
Galleria Emilio Mazzoli Modena, Italy
Galerie Barbara Thumm Berlin, Germany
Galeria Monica de Cardenas in Venice, Italy
PaceWildenstein, New York, NY
Alex Katz: The Complete Woodcuts, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY
Alex Katz Small Paintings. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. Travelled to Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Oklahoma City Art Museum; Austin Museum of Art (solo, cat.)
Alex Katz. Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena (solo, cat.)
Alex Katz. Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (solo)
Alex Katz 'The Complete Woodcuts and Linocuts'. Peter Blum, New York (solo)
Alex Katz. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo, cat.)
2000
Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (cat.)
Regarding Alex Katz, Carnegie Museum of Art , Pittsburgh, PA
Alex Katz Paintings of the 1980s, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (cat.)
Smile Again. Paintings of the 60’s. Jablonka Galerie, Cologne (cat.)
Alex Katz. Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago (solo, cat.)
Regarding Alex Katz. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg (solo)
Alex Katz 'Paintings of the 80’s'. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (solo, cat.)
Alex Katz. Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy (solo, cat.)
1999
Galleria Civica d'arte Moderna Trento, Italy
Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt, Germany
Marlborough Gallery New York, NY
Marines And More, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (cat.)
Alex Katz Works on Paper, Brent Sikkema, New York, NY (cat.)
1998
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (cat.)
Kulturring Sundern, Sundern, Germany (cat.)
'Alex Katz New Works', Galerie Barabara Thumm, Berlin, Germany
Alex Katz, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina (cat.)
Alex Katz Recent Paintings, Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany (cat.)
Thamm Gallerie, Kusnacht-Zurich, Switzerland
Art and Public, Geneva, Switzerland
Alex Katz: Twenty Five Years of Painting at Retrospective, Saatchi Collection London , England
1997
Bilder, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1997
Small Paintings, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany (solo)
1997
7 Amerikaner, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany
1996
A Drawing Retrospective, Utica Munson-Williams Proctor Institute, New York City, New York, USA (solo)
1996
Alex Katz Under the Stars (and so on), The Institute for Contemporary Art, PS1 Museum New York, New York, NY
1995
Under The Stars, American Landscapes 1951-1995, Institute for Contemporary Art/P.S. 1 Museum, Baltimore, USA, Museum of Art, New York City, New York, USA (solo)
1995
Alex Katz, Northern Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA (solo)
1995
Alex Katz, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon, USA (solo)
1995
American Landscape, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Deutschland (solo)
1991
Alex Katz: a Drawing Retrospective, Munson-Williams Proctor Institute Utica, NY
1989
Bilder und Zeichnungen, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany (solo)
1988
Alex Katz: a Print Retrospective, The Brooklyn Museum of Art Brooklyn, NY
1986
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
1985
Farnsworth Library and Museum of Art, Rockland, Maine, USA (solo)
1980
The Queens Museum, New York City, New York, USA (solo)
1979
Weatherspoon Art Gallery University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
1977
Recent Paintings, Fresno Arts Center and Museum, Fresno, Kalifornien, USA (solo)
1974
Alex Katz Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City; The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; University Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN (exh. cat.)
Alex Katz: Recent Works from the Collection of Paul J. Schupf, The Picker Art Gallery, Charles A. Dana Creative Arts Center, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, NY (exh. cat.)
Alex Katz, Marlborough Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Alex Katz, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT(exh. cat.)
1973
The American Neo-Realist: Alex Katz, Assa Galleria, Helsinki, Finland (exh. cat.)
Alex Katz, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (exh. cat.)
1972
Alex Katz, Reed College Art Gallery, Portland, OR
1971
Alex Katz, Galerie Brusberg, Hannover, West Germany
Alex Katz: Prints, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
Alex Katz: Cut-outs, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
Alex Katz, Galerie Thelen, Cologne, West Germany
Alex Katz: Cut-outs--Paintings, Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL
Retrospective, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
1970
Alex Katz: New Paintings, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1969
Alex Katz, Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL
Alex Katz at Cheat Lake, Mont Chateau Lodge, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (exh. cat.)
1968
Alex Katz, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1967
Alex Katz: Cut-outs, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1966
Alex Katz, David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1965
Alex Katz: Cut-outs 1955-65, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
Alex Katz: Paintings, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1964
Alex Katz, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1963
Alex Katz, Thibaut Gallery, New York, NY
1962
Alex Katz: Flat Statues, Tanager Gallery, New York, NY
Alex Katz: The Set for 'George Washington Crossing the Delaware', Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
1961
Alex Katz, Stable Gallery, New York, NY
Alex Katz: Recent Paintings, Mili-Jay Gallery, Woodstock, NY
1960
Alex Katz, Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1959
Alex Katz, Tanager Gallery, New York, NY (exh. cat.)
1958
Alex Katz, The Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1957
Alex Katz: Paintings, Roko Gallery, New York, NY
1954
Roko Gallery, New York, NY

Public Collections

Österreich, Wien, Essl Museum
Österreich, Wien, Museum Moderner Kunst
England, London, The Tate Gallery
Frankreich, Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou
Deutschland, Berlin, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz Nationalgalerie
Deutschland, München, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Luxemburg, Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art Luxembourg
Schottland, Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland
Schweiz, Zürich, Daros Collection
Cambridge, MA, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Chicago, IL, The Art Institute of Chicago
Houston, TX, Rice Museum, Rice University
Los Angeles, CA, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
New York, NY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY, The Museum of Modern Art
Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Portland, OR, Portland Art Museum
Washington, DC, National Collection of Fine Arts
Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art

Literature

2006
Richer, Francesca and Rosenzweig, Matthew (ed¹s), No. 1 First works by 362 Artists
2004
Cohen, David, ‘A chat with the artist: Power Portraits’, Alex Katz: Twelve Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, New York, Sept-Oct 2004, The New York Sun, Sept 9, 2004
2004
Kramer, Hilton, ‘Alex Katz’s Attack Of Nine-Foot Women’, Alex Katz: Twelve Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, New York, Sept-Oct 2004, New York Observer, Sept 27, 2004
2004
Ribas, Joao, ‘Alex Katz’, Alex Katz: Twelve Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, New York, Sept-Oct 2004, Time Out, Sept 23-30, 2004, p.64
2004
Henry, Clare, ‘People say fashion is a no-no’, Alex Katz: Twelve Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, New York, Sept-Oct 2004, Financial Times (NY), Oct 4, 2004, p.12
2004
W Magazine, Vol.33, issue 10, Oct. 04, ‘The Orginals: Portraits for W by Alex Katz.’
2004
McEwen, John, ‘Risk taker’, Alex Katz: Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, June-July 2004, The Spactator, 19 June 2004, p. 43, illus ‘Berlin’ 2001
2004
Pace Wildenstein, New York, exhibition catalogue, ‘Alex Katz. Twelve Paintings’
2003
Cartoons and Paintings’, essay by Merlin James ‘Alex Katz: Freehand’
2003
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, exhibition catalogue, ‘Alex Katz – New Paintings and Drawings’
2003
Felix, Zdenek & Carter Radcliff, ‘Alex Katz: Cutouts’, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
2003
Gioni, Massimiliano, Vincent Katz & Angela Vettese, ‘Alex Katz: Portraits’, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa,Venice/Silvana Editorale, Milan
2003
Gingeras, Alison, ‘Alex Katz: Penobscot Bay’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
2003
Katz, Vincent, ‘Alex Katz’, Pace Wildenstein, New York
2003
Milazzo, Richard and Acchille Bonito Oliva, ‘Alex Katz’, Galleria D’Arte Contemporanea Emilio Mazzoli, Modena
2003
Cohen, David, ‘Gallery-Going’, The New York Sun, October 9
2002
‘Alex Katz: Small Paintings 1951-2002’, Timothy Taylor Gallery
2001
Alpers, Svetlana. ‘Alex Katz’, PaceWildenstein, New York
2001
Oliva, Achille Bonito, ‘Alex Katz’, Emilio Mazzoli Gallery, Modena
2001
Tuymans, Luc, ‘Alex Katz’ (video), Barbara Thum Gallery, Berlin
2000
Blumberg, Linda, Connie Lewallen, ‘Katz and Ed Ruscha’, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
2000
Grynsztejn, Madeleine, ‘Regarding Alex Katz,’ The Carnegie Museum of Art
2000
Katz, Vincent (poems), Smile Again-Paintings of the 60's: Jablonka Galerie Cologne, Germany
2000
Maculan, Lena, ‘The Eighties,’ Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Salzburg
1999
Coen, Victoria, ‘Alex Katz. On Portraits and Landscapes,’ Trento, Italy: Galleria Civica Di Arte Contemporanea
1999
Gillick, Liam, ‘Alex Katz,’ Gallerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg