Purple Hat (Ada), Giclée print, 48 x 23 in
“I want to paint the now,” says Alex Katz (b. 1927) “That’s the immediate presence. And that’s what consciousness is.”
Katz rose to prominence in New York City in the 1950s. Adverse to abstraction, Katz invented new ways to paint the human figure. “When you start with realistic,” Katz explains. “It’s like opening Pandora’s box.”
His cinematic framing combined with crisp brushstrokes distinguished Katz as an artist apart from the passing fads or trends of the art world.
Katz is featured in the permanent collections of several prominent collections, including the MoMA, the Whitney, and the Smithsonian. He is represented by numerous international galleries.
In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Design.
Alex Katz cannot be classified into any particular art movement. Not quite Pop Art, not quite New Realism, Katz has blazed a trail entirely his own.