“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.
“Shape and color are my two strong things,” said Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015). The New York artist’s position on his own work was as simple as that, but his influence on 20th century art was considerably more complex. Kelly was a key player in the evolution of hard-edge painting, Color Field painting, minimalism, and Pop Art, though he never willingly assumed the mantle of a particular movement. Quietly and diligently, he observed the built environment around him and captured his shifting perceptions on canvas and paper.
Kelly’s lithograph Blue and Orange and Green is poetic in its simplicity, a visual haiku consisting of three echoed forms in bright hues. “I wanted to give people joy,” Kelly said. His print, which is new to the Zane Bennett Contemporary Art Collection, is sure to brighten your day—and perhaps your living room.
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