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Artist Spotlight: Alex Katz

Alex Katz is an American figurative artist known for his large-scale paintings, prints, and sculptures. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927 and began his art studies at the Cooper Union in New York City. He later studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

Katz is best known for his paintings of landscapes, portraits, and urban scenes. His work is characterized by its flat, simplified forms, bold colors, and large scale. He often paints from photographs, which he then simplifies and abstracts to create a sense of distance and detachment in his works. This style is often referred to as “cool” and is associated with the Pop Art movement of the 1950s and 60s.

Katz's work is also known for its references to advertising and consumer culture, as well as to the landscapes and people of Maine, where he has a second home. He has also made many prints, including lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts, and has also sculpted.

Katz has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His work can be found in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

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