32 х 36 х 1 in. cm.
Considered the forerunner of Pop art, Alex Katz is known for his ability to transform subjects of people into iconographic images such as this work, "Grey Ribbon," from the Alex and Ada portfolio. Though his sitters are often close friends, Katz generalizes the features of his subjects and reduces the work to formal properties of light, color, and scale, making his art familiar to all possible viewers.
American artist Alex Katz (b. 1927) is one of the most important and influential artists of the past fifty years. Concentrating on portrait and landscape motifs, Katz has developed a distinctive method in his paintings and prints that is characterized by a symbiotic relationship between abstraction, sensuousness, and rationality. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Katz attended The Cooper Union, New York, NY before studying painting at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work continues to be extensively exhibited, with recent solo shows at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2012); Museum Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany (2012); Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (2011); Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (2011); Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, NY (2011); Galería Javier López–Mário Sequeira, Madrid, Spain (2011); Albertina, Vienna, Austria (2010); and National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (2010).
Selected Public Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Tate Gallery, London, UK
Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan