Timothy Taylor Gallery is pleased to announce the fifth solo show at the gallery by
the renowned American artist Alex Katz. The exhibition will include a new series of
portraits and still-lifes.
Katz, now in his 85th year, is one of the most significant artists of his generation with
a far-reaching influence over many of todayʼs most successful contemporary artists.
Katzʼs distinctive minimal aesthetic, developed in New York in the 1950s before the
emergence of Pop Art and as a reaction to the dominance of Abstract Expressionism,
has been refined to a point of poetic harmony. His economy of line and nuanced use
of colour speak of a confidence and clarity of vision established over his rich and
These portraits of family and friends, and still-lifes of flowers purchased from street
vendors near his New York studio, are characteristic of Katzʼs apodictic mastery of
his medium. These large-scale works are both deeply intimate and also icons of a
Painted from life and in single sessions, there is an essential vitality and
timelessness to the works. The subjects gaze evenly towards the viewer and
simultaneously stand with their backsʼ turned – a casual shift of accustomed
familiarity. White roses sit against flat fields of white and pale blue, threatening to
dissolve in abstracted form and a uniformity of hue – a recurring element in Katzʼs
stylized images. As the artist has noted of these new works:
“You have to figure out the balance as you go along… I leave out a lot of the
description. So we go into no-manʼs land. Youʼre dealing with stuff thatʼs not
descriptive; basically, a lot of it is just instinctive.”
Alex Katz has been the subject of over 200 solo exhibitions including: Alex Katz:
Naked Beauty, Kestnergesellschaft Hannover (2011) – the first exhibition to focus on
Katzʼs nudes; The Albertina, Vienna (2010); The National Portrait Gallery, London
(2010) and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1986). He has been
exhibited in nearly 500 group shows internationally since 1951.
Throughout his career, Katz has been the recipient of numerous awards and his work
is held in over 100 public collections worldwide. Recently, Anthony DʼOffay donated a
group of works by Katz to the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, as part of the
nationwide Artistʼs Rooms project.
Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow is showing at Tate St Ives until 23 September and will
travel to Turner Contemporary, Margate, 6 October – 13 January, 2013.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition.