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Alex Katz (American, b.1927)
LOT ID: 75299
Pamela (Pamela in Blue), 1976

Lithograph, Screenprint, on Copperplate Deluxe Paper
28.5 х 22 in. (72.39 x 55.88 cm.)
Signed, and numbered in pencil lower left
Edition 4
Foundry/Publisher Styria Studio, Inc. New York (Co published by Brook Alexander, Inc. and Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York)
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 colour. 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.

Indeed, Pamela (Pamela in Blue), created in the mid Seventies - a most desirable era - is a quintessential Katzian example of feminine perfection, a dramatic and theatrical image that the artist would also choose for the Michigan Opera Theatre poster.

This very rare hand signed and numbered two color silkscreen and lithograph is one of only four (4) Printer's Proofs, apart from the scarce regular edition of only 30. It is in excellent condition; never framed with desirable deckled edges so it will look beautiful floated and framed. A bold bright impression in the most majestic colors on Copperplate Deluxe paper. In the Artist's Notes on this work in the catalogue raisonne, Katz explains, "After doing prints with many colors and tones, I wanted to do a less complex print that still would have a lot of punch."

Larger-than-life works by Alex Katz have entered the collective consciousness as the epitome of a particular, late twentieth-century feminine ideal. 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. 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. Most recently, Katz was honored with an exhibition of his prints at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston entitled "Alex Katz Prints" that opened on April 28, 2012. As the subject of over 200 solo exhibitions internationally, Katz has truly established a permanent place in the contemporary canon.

Pamela (Pamela in Blue) is fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of Alex Katz printed works (Maravell, 87).

For fans, collectors and dealers of Alex Katz's graphic works, this is a most uncommon, desirable and exquisite print.
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