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Alex Katz (American, b.1927)
LOT ID: 87829
Jessica, 1994

Woodcut
13.25 х 12.25 in. (33.66 x 31.12 cm.)
Signed, Hand signed and numbered from the edition of 200; framed with beveled edges. Verso of the frame has a Certificate of Authenticity furnished by the Print Club of New York which published and exhibited the woodcut.
Print/Casting Year 1994
Edition 30/200
Foundry/Publisher John Erickson, Master Printer, Published by The Print Club of New York, Inc.
Lot description
Alex Katz first emerged on the New York art scene during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism and before the birth of Pop art, but always worked independently of these movements. Katz is best known for his distinctive portraits of sophisticated, irresistible women, masterfully painted using precise, broad areas of color. Alongside these unmistakably ‘Katzian’ female portraits are pictures of men, groups, landscapes and interiors, rendered in paint on canvas or metal cut-outs as well as drawing and collage. All attest to the artist’s attention to detail, economy of means and consummate technique.

This three color woodcut entitled "Jessica" is fully referenced in "Alex Katz: The Complete Woodcuts and Linocuts 1951-2001", by Peter Blum Edition, New York. (Plate 53.) It is framed with elegant orange beveled edges and ready to hang; a bright impression in fine condition. On the verso of the frame is the original Certificate of Authenticity from the Print Club of NY, noting that the print reveals Katz' technique of "balancing the colors, strengh of his line and other details to reveal the flat two dimensional image for which he is known."

Framed, it measures 15.25 inches by 14.25 inches.

Famous Katzian muses like Jessica have entered the collective consciousness as the epitome of a particular, late twentieth-century feminine ideal. In 1988 the Brooklyn Museum mounted Alex Katz: a Print Retrospective. A major touring retrospective was organized by New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art in 1986, and Katz has exhibited widely all over the world. In 1995, the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Baden-Baden, Germany, mounted Alex Katz: American Landscape. The following year, on October 11, 1996, Colby College in Waterville, Maine (not far from Skowhegan) opened a new wing dedicated to the work of Katz. The artist donated over 400 pieces to the museum's collection, including paintings, cutouts, collages, prints and drawings. Designed by the architect Max Gordon, a revolving selection of Katz's work is displayed. The wing was one of Gordon's last completed projects prior to his death. Since then, exhibits of Katz's paintings have been mounted at the Saatchi Collection in London (1998), the Galleria Civica Di Arte Contemporanea in Trento, Italy (1999), the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh (2000), the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover (2001-2002), the Whitney Museum (2002), the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, The Oklahoma City Art Museum and the Austin Museum of Art (all 2002). Alex Katz: The Complete Woodcuts and Linocuts was on view at Bellevue Museum of Art, Bellevue, Washington, which included 42 woodcut and 36 linocut images created since 1951 - including "JESSICA".
His works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; and the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, among many others. being the subject of over 200 solo exhibitions internationally, Katz has truly established a permanent place in the contemporary canon. A major retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2012.

For fans, collectors and dealers of Alex Katz, Jessica is quintessential, classic Katz - a must have for your print collection. Fine condition- ready to hang!
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