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Alex Katz (American, b.1927)
LOT ID: 74875
Olympic Swimmer, 1976

40 х 25 in. (101.6 x 63.5 cm.)
Signed, in pencil on Arches Paper
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1976
Edition AP (aside from the edition of 200)
Foundry/Publisher Kennedy Graphics, Inc., New York
Lot description
Large striking print of a swimmer, commissioned by the 1976 Olympics.

Alex Katz, born in 1927, is an American figural artist best known for his paintings, prints, and sculptures. Katz’s style, associated with the Pop Movement, transforms subjects of people and scenes of uneventful daily life. Though his sitters were often close friends, (he painted his wife Ava frequently,) 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. Katz’s portraits reveal his ongoing pursuit to depict social interactions and language while his landscapes reveal his fascination with plein air painting. PaceWildenstein held a retrospective of his work entitled “Spring Alex Katz: Fifteen Minutes,” in 2006. Since 1954, Katz’s work has been the subject of over 200 solo exhibitions internationally.

Tate Modern, London
Museum of Modern Art , New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
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