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American figurative painter Alex Katz (b. 1927) is known for his stylized, colorful paintings of friends and family. An exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York City showing through March 18 is made up entirely of his portraits of Ada, his wife and muse. Painted over the course of 50 years, the images simultaneously record Katz's artistic progression, the stages of his and Ada's family life, and Ada's graceful aging. This volume includes reproductions of more than 60 of those paintings (mostly in color), a new essay by Storr (dean, Yale Univ. Sch. of Art; curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Elizabeth Murray), and reprints of previously published essays by the late art historian Lawrence Alloway and the late Pulitzer Prize winner James Schuyler. Although not widely known outside of art circles, Katz's work is appealing and accessible and has been the subject of numerous exhibition catalogs and previous books. While not an essential acquisition—except for specialized art collections—this particular work will appeal to both general readers and specialists.
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