Peter Blum

Alex Katz: Small Paintings 1987-2013

19 Sep - 02 Nov 2013

Homage to Monet 5, 2009
oil on board
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm)
Peter Blum is pleased to announce an exhibition at 20 West 57th Street of small paintings by Alex Katz dating from 1987 to the present. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 19th from 6-8 pm.

When one thinks of Alex Katz’s work, his large-scale stylized figurative paintings of portraits and landscapes inevitably come to mind. But as this exhibition shows, Katz has made many small paintings, which have been seen to a much lesser degree.

On display are twenty-five small paintings, not larger than 12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 41.6 cm), depicting portraits, landscapes and flower scenes. Katz has a close connection with his subjects - the portraits are of family and friends, whereas the landscapes and flower scenes are from Maine where he has spent every summer since 1954.

The small paintings are used as studies for his large-scale paintings and they have been recognized as paintings on their own. As opposed to their large-scale counterparts, the small paintings are made directly from a live model or en plein air, their brush strokes are more gestural and impulsive. We are left with an intimate experience and are presented with a new way to view his overall work.

Alex Katz was born in Queens, NY in 1927 and lives and works in New York. Katz graduated in 1949 from the Cooper Union in New York. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and his works can be found in over 100 public collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Albertina, Museum Moderne Kunst and the Essl Collection, Austria; Bayerische Museum,Germany; the Berardo Collection, Portugal; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Japan; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Spain; the Nationalgalerie, Germany; the Saatchi Collection and the Tate Gallery, England.

For additional information and photographic material please contact Renée Albada Jelgersma or David Blum at (Tel: 212 244 6055). Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-6pm.

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