Alex Katz (born 1927) attended the Cooper Union School of Art and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture as a young man. He began exhibiting his work in 1954, and since that time he has produced a celebrated body of work that includes paintings, drawings, scultpures, and prints.
Over the decades, Katz developed his hallmark stylization through experimenting with collaged paper and aluminum cutouts. Having achieved widespread critical acclaim and commercial success, his work serves as a beacon to younger generations of artists.
His work can be found in nearly 100 public collections worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicgao; the Hishorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Tate Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York among many of others.
- Alex Katz has been associated with two art movements: Nouveau Réalisme and Pop Art. Robert Rauschenberg forms a bridge between the movements. He was tightly associated with Pop, and according to Sculpture Magazine, also played a "central role in attracting French artists associated with Nouveau Réalisme to come to New York in the early 1960's." View his work.
- Peter Doig is another masterful figurative painter who's often mentioned in the same breath as Katz. Katz has said of Doig, "What I admire most about Doig’s work is his relaxed way of presenting engaging images. [...] The power and invention of the images make real art." View Doig's work.