Lot Details

The work is in the original frame, die-cut to show the artist's hand signature and pencil numbering from the edition of 188.

The provenance is superb as it was acquired from the Brooklyn Museum and is accompanied by a signed letter from the Museum's corporate sponsor Merrill Lynch. (see photograph included).

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.

Larger-than-life paintings such as The Black Dress (1960), Blue Umbrella (1972), Red Coat (1982) and White Visor (2003) 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.

With an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston entitled "Alex Katz Prints" that opened on April 28, 2012, Katz shows no signs of slowing down. After being the subject of over 200 solo exhibitions internationally, Katz has truly established a permanent place in the contemporary canon.

For fans, collectors and dealers of Alex Katz, this is quintessential, vintage Katz - a must have for your print collection

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Creases
Area: Other area
Location: Center
Notes: very minor creasing in the middle on the white section not the image
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • The Brooklyn Museum via Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith
Exhibition:
The Brooklyn Museum
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 17.25 x 23.25 in. (43.82 x 59.06 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
Accepted: Wire Transfer, Check
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