Catch the 82 year old American artist Alex Katz in the last few remaining days of his exhibition at Timothy Taylor Gallery, open until Friday 9th April 2010. Katz concentrates his focus on family and friends this time, but the portraits are still in keeping with his famous reductive style.
If you miss him here, be sure to visit the National Portrait Gallery between May - September 2010 when they will be exhibiting more work by Katz.
PRESS RELEASE: Timothy Taylor Gallery
Timothy Taylor Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of new paintings by the renowned American artist Alex Katz.
Now in his 82nd year, Alex Katz is one of the most significant artists of his generation. His distinctive portraits and lyrical landscapes are noted for their pristine flat surface and economy of line, depicting scenes from modern life. Katz’s minimal aesthetic was developed in the 1950s and was at the time, both an anticipation of Pop Art and a reaction to the prevalence of Abstract Expressionism. Katz has always been that intriguing thing: an artist’s artist. His influence is widely felt: many of today’s most successful contemporary artists from Peter Doig to Elizabeth Peyton acknowledge their debt to Katz.
This exhibition premieres a series of recent portraits of Katz’s friends and family – Three People, 2009, depicts his immediate family: Ada, his wife and lifelong muse, together with their son, Vincent and daughter-in-law, Vivien. These large-scale yet surprisingly intimate new works amply display Katz’s bold clarity of vision and his emphatic use of colour and line: his work has never been so powerful.
In May to September 2010, the National Portrait Gallery in London will present a display of Katz’s works, most notably an early and unusual three dimensional group portrait of Manhattan’s literary and artistic party scene, One Flight Up, 1968.
Alex Katz has been the subject of over 200 solo exhibitions and been included in nearly 500 group shows internationally since 1951. Throughout his career, Katz has been the recipient of numerous awards and his work is held in over 100 public collections worldwide. Recently, Anthony D’Offay donated a group of works by Katz to the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, as part of the nationwide Artist’s Rooms project.