Alex Katz was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1927. Since 1954, he has been exhibiting his paintings at galleries and museums throughout the world, including a major retrospective organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many other museum shows in the United States. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA grant, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work is included in virtually every major public collection in the United States.
Laura Owens was born in Ohio in 1970 and studied at RISD, Skowhegan, and Cal Arts, where she finished her MFA in 1994. Her work has appeared at venues including ACME in Los Angeles and Gavin Brown's Enterprise and the Whitney Biennial in New York, and has been covered by Artforum, the New Yorker and the New York Times. In 2001 Owens had her first solo museum exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. She has since exhibited at the Museums of Contemporary Art in North Miami and Los Angeles, the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, the Aspen Art Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Her work is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.