Friday, November 3, 2017

At 90, artist Alex Katz is still raising the bar for himself — and other collectors

Show Us Your Walls
By Hilarie M. Sheets
The artist Alex Katz in his studio space at his home with a painting by Francis Picabia titled “Tête de femme au foulard,” circa 1941-42, and a cutout from his own Black Dress Series.Credit2017 Francis Picabia/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Adrienne Grunwald for The New York Times
Alex Katz lives and works on the top floor of a prime SoHo building, in a corner loft with the light and square footage most artists in New York only dream of. Today, heroically scaled paintings of faces, landscapes in Maine and city views — recently completed by Mr. Katz, who turned 90 in July — spill out of the studio into the spartan living quarters. Many will be on view Nov. 5 in his solo show filling all three floors of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in Harlem. They harmonize with works by artists Mr. Katz admires, including the Expressionist painters Edvard Munch and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and the sculptor Joel Shapiro. [More]