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Alex Katz: A Retrospective

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For the past four decades Alex Katz has worked diligently and brilliantly to depict in a new and individual way the human face and figure, the figure in nature, and the landscapes in which he has lived. His powerful but accessible paintings have made him a major force in contemporary art and have won him great international critical acclaim. Katz's stunning works, sometimes as large as twenty feet across, can be found in almost every leading art museum in the United States as well as in many collections abroad. ...
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Overview

For the past four decades Alex Katz has worked diligently and brilliantly to depict in a new and individual way the human face and figure, the figure in nature, and the landscapes in which he has lived. His powerful but accessible paintings have made him a major force in contemporary art and have won him great international critical acclaim. Katz's stunning works, sometimes as large as twenty feet across, can be found in almost every leading art museum in the United States as well as in many collections abroad. This retrospective study is the definitive survey. The author, a distinguished art critic, teacher, and historian, has known Katz almost as long as the artist has been painting, and the two worked together to select the paintings, prints, and sculptural cutouts that are reproduced here. Sandler traces the artist's upbringing, his education in art, and his influences among other visual artists, writers, and especially poets.
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This stellar presentation of four decades of Katz's strongly figural output is the result of a collaboration between the artist and Sandler, the eminent art historian and curator who authored the first major monograph on Katz in 1979. Early in his career, Katz (b. 1927) came under Abstract Expressionism's spell but clung to his trademark flat representational portraits of ordinary people and spare landscapes. In the closing chapters, Sandler deftly captures the robust inventiveness of Katz's 1990s oeuvre by enjoining a judiciously trenchant text to full-page color reproductions. A biographical outline, an exhibition history, dance and theater set lists, and a comprehensive bibliography wrap up this exemplary study, which merits serious consideration by academic, special, and larger public libraries.--Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810912311
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 New York Schooled in the Fifties 7
2 The Scale of the Sixties 37
3 The World of a Modern Dandy 77
4 Avoiding Boredom 119
5 The Decline and Rise of American Realism 149
Notes 182
Biographical Outline 185
Selected Solo Exhibitions 186
Selected Collaborations: Dance, Theater, Books 188
Selected Bibliography 189
Works in Public Collections 192
Acknowledgments 193
List of Illustrations and Photographic Credits 194
Index 198
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