Biography

Alex Katz

Born

July 25, 1927

New York City. Currently lives in New York City.

Education and Awards

1980

St. Gaudens Medal in Art, The Cooper Union, NY
Skowhegan Award for Painting
1972 Awarded Guggenheim Grant in Painting
Awarded Cooper Union Professional Achievement Citation
1949?50 Studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine
1946?49 Studied at Cooper Union, New York

Selected Exhibitions

2007

"Alex Katz Paints Ada" Jewish Museum, New York
"Cutouts", Galería Javier López, Madrid
2005 "Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today", Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
2004 "Behind Closed Doors", Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York
2003 "Alex Katz Cutouts" Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten Klagenfurt, Austria
"Alex Katz Portraits" Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Venice, Italy
1998 "Under the Stars: American Landscapes 1951-1995" P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York Saatchi Gallery, London, England
1996 "Recent Works", Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
1995 "Recent Works", Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, MA
1994 "Landscapes 1954-1956", Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
"Recent Paintings and new Graphics", Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1993 "Alex Katz: New Cutouts", Robert Miller, New York
"Alex Katz: Landscapes", Betsy Senior Contemporary Prints, NY
"Alex Katz", Rubenstein/Diacono, New York
"Recent Drawings", Marlboro Gallery, NY
"Cut-Outs", Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
"Come Smell The Flowers at The Roger Smith Hotel", The Roger Smith Hotel, NY
Montgomery Glasoe Fine Art, Minneapolis, MN
1992 "The Midtown Flower Show", Midtown Payson Galleries, NY
"Refiguring It: Works on Paper", Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
"Americana '92", Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong
"The Frozen Leopard", Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany
"On Paper", Marlboro Gallery, NY
1991 "Whitney Biennial", Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
"Alex Katz: Small Paintings 1952-1991", Michael Kohn Gallery, Santa Monica, California
"Contemporary Woodblock Prints From Crown Point Press, The
Leif E. Johnson Memorial Exhibition", Edison Community College, Fort Myers, FA
"Homage to Wood", The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
"Drawings for The Stage", Stephen Solovy Fine Art, Chicago, IL
1990 "Alex Katz", Crown Point Press, NY
"Alex Katz: Faces & Places", Orlando Museum of Art, FA
"Making Faces: Self Portraits by Alex Katz", North Carolina
Museum of Art, Raleigh; traveled to Newark Museum of Art, NJ, and Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KT
"New Paintings", solo exhibition, Michael Kohn Gallery, CA
"Bathers: Contemporary Images of the Summer Idyll", Group Show, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY
1989 Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
"Alex Katz", Mario Diacmo Gallery, Boston, MASS
"Art in Bloom: The Flower as Subject", (group show), Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, FA
"Nocturnal Visions in Contemporary Painting", Group Show,
Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center, NY
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Painting Beyond the Death of Painting", Kuznetsky
Most Exhibition Hall, Moscow, U.S.S.R., group show
"Alex Katz", Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany
"Alex Katz/Light as Air", Pace Prints, NY
"Alex Katz/New Paintings", Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Contemporary Environment" General Electric Co., group show
"Prints of the Eighties", Bank of America Corporate Art
Collection travelling exhibition throughout California beginning at Palo Alto Cultural Center, CA
"June Moon, Lunar Reflections" G.W. Einstein Company, Inc.
"Daylight Savings", Galeria Joan Prats, group show, Barcelona, Spain
1988 "Alex Katz: A Print Retrospective", The Brooklyn Museum
"Alex Katz", Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
"Multiple Realities", Crown Point Press, NY
"Alex Katz", Massimo Audiello Gallery, NY
"Visions/Verite", Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Cranford, NJ
"Alex Katz: Dark Paintings", Marlborough, NY
"Alex Katz: Nocturnal Paintings", Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland,OH
"Alex Katz" organized the Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo travelling to the Seed Hall and Parco Studio, Osaka
Massimo Audiello, NY
1987 "Some Sixties Works", Robert Miller Gallery, NY
"Alex Katz, Howard Kanovitz, Wolf Vostell, Daniel Spoerri, Joseph Beuys", Galerie Baecker, Koln, Germany
Robert Miller Gallery, NY (Fall group show)
"Alex Katz", Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Recent Work" (group show) Marlborough, NY
Galerie Baecker, Cologne, Germany (group)
"For 25 Years: Crown Point Press", Museum of Modern Art, NY
"Figuration", American Express Company in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art Advisory Service Exhibition
1986?87 "Cutouts", Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, NY
"Figuration", The American Express Company in collaboration
with the Art Advisory Service of the Museum of Modern Art, NY
1986 "Alex Katz", a retrospective exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Marlborough Gallery, NY
"Alex Katz at Crown Point Press", Crown Point Press, NY
1985 Robert Miller Gallery, NY
Cooper Union, NY
Marlborough Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Alex Katz: An Exhibition Featuring Works from the Collection of Paul J. Schupf", Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Colby College, ME
Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA
Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, KS
1984 Robert Miller Gallery, NY
Michael H. Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Asher/Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
1983 Marlborough Gallery, NY
Suzanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
Harcus Gallery, Boston, MA
1982 Marlborough Fine Art, London, England
Marlborough Gallery, NY
John C. Stoller and Company, Minneapolis, MN
Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL
1981 Suzanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI
Mira Godard Gallery, Calgary and Toronto, Canada
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR
Robert Miller Gallery, NY
1980 Queens Museum, Flushing, NY
Marlborough Gallery, NY
Middendorf?Lane Gallery, Washington, DC
State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY
Centro Colombo?Americano, Bogota, Colombia
1979 Brooke Alexander Gallery, NY
Suzanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI
Robert Miller Gallery, NY
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
1978 Marlborough Gallery, NY
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto and Montreal, Canada
Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Suzanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Beaver College, Philadelphia, PA
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Hopkin Gallery, Chicago, IL
1977 Galerie Roger d'Amecourt, Paris, France
Marlborough Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
1977?78 "Alex Katz: Some Recent Paintings," organized by Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, CA. Traveled to California State University, Long Beach, CA; Seattle Art Museum, WA;
Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
1976 Marlborough Gallery, NY
American Foundation for the Arts, Miami, FL
Marlborough Godard Gallery, Toronto and Montreal, Canada
Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Bala Cynwyd, PA
1975 Marlborough Fine Art, London, England
Galerie Marguerite Lamy, Paris, France
Galerie Arnesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
1974?75 "Alex Katz Prints," originated by Whitney Museum of
American Art, NY, and traveled to Virginia Museum of
Fine Arts, Richmond; Utah Museum of Fine Arts,Salt Lake
City; The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; University of
Minnesota, MN, Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
1974 "Alex Katz: Recent Work from the Collection of
Paul J. Schupf," The Picker Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Marlborough Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Marlborough Godard Gallery, Montreal, Canada
1973 Carlton Gallery, NY
Assa Galleria, Helsinki, Finland
Marlborough Gallery, NY
1972 Reed College, Portland, OR
Sloan/O'Sickey Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1971 "Alex Katz," originated by Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Traveled to
University of California at San Diego, CA; Minnesota
Museum of Art, St.Paul, MN; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Galerie Dieter Brusberg, Hanover, West Germany
Galerie Thelen, Cologne, West Germany
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL
Fischbach Gallery, NY
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Collections

Bibliotheque National, Paris, France
The Museum of Modern Art, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Books and Catalogues

Beattie, Ann. "Alex Katz", Harry N. Abrams & Co., NY, 1987
Field, Richard S. "Alex Katz", (exhbition catalogue) Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 1974-------and Elke Solomon. "Alex Katz Prints" (exhibition catalogue) Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, 1974
Levin, Gail. "Alex Katz: Process and Development: Small Paintings from the Collection of John J. Schupf '58" (exhibition catalogue). The Picker Art Gallery, Charles A. Dana Creative Arts Center, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 1981
Ligare, David. "Alex Katz: An Environmental Wall Piece", (exhibition catalogue) Hartnell College Gallery, Salinas, CA, 1980
Maravell, Nicholas P. "Alex Katz: The Complete Prints", interview by Carter Ratcliff) Alpine Fine Arts Collection, NY, 1983
Ratcliff, Carter. "Alex Katz", (exhibition catalogue) Marlborough Gallery, NY, 1973
"Alex Katz: Cutouts", (exhibition catalogue), Robert Miller Gallery, NY, 1979
Ricard, Rene/ "Alex Katz Paints a Picture" (exhibition catalogue)
Houghton Gallery, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY, 1985
Rosenblum, Robert. "Alex Katz: Recent Paintings", (exhibition catalogue) Fresno Arts Center and Museum, CA, 1977
Russell, John. "Alex Katz: Recent Paintings", (exhibition catalogue Marlborough Fine Art, London, England, 1982
Sandler, Irving. "Alex Katz", Harry N. Abrams Co., NY, 1979
"Alex Katz", (exhibition catalogue) Tanager Gallery, NY,1959
"Alex Katz: 1957?59", (exhibition catalogue) Robert Miller Gallery, NY, 1981
"Alex Katz", Essays by Lucy Lippard, Robert Rosenblum, David Antin, Ron Padgett. Frederick A. Praeger Co., NY 1971
Schwartz, Sanford. "Alex Katz: Drawings 1944?1981", (exhibition catalogue) Marlborough Gallery, NY, 1982
Smith, Roberta. "Alex Katz in the Seventies", (exhibition catalogue) Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1978

Selected Articles and Reviews

Tom Breidenbach "A Tree Grows in SoHo', Art Forum, Summer 1998, pp 101-104
Timothy Hyman "A Gesture of Our Time" TLS, March 18, 1998
Raynor, Vivien. "Grand Touches in Woodcuts", The New York Times,
Sunday, January 7, 1990.
Alloway, Lawrence. "Alex Katz's Development", Artforum, Jan. 1976, pp.45?51
Antin, David. "Alex Katz and the Tactics of Representation", Art News, Apr. 1971, pp.44, 47, 75
Berkson, William "Alex Katz's Surprise Image", Arts Magazine, Dec. 1965, pp. 22,26
Bourdon, David. "Katz Advertises His Family", The Village Voice, March 15, 1976. pp. 131?32
Calas, Nicholas. "Alex Katz Faces and Flowers", Art International Nov. 1967, pp. 25, 27
Denby, Edwin. "Alex Katz Collage, Cutout, Cutup", Art News, Jan.1965, pp. 42, 44
Geist, Sidney. "Galleries '52?53 Flashback", Arts Digest, June 1953, pp. 21, 24
Glueck, Grace. "Alex Katz: Painting in the High Style", The New York Times Magazine, March 2, 1986, pp. 37?42
Goodnough, Robert. "Alex Katz, Louis Dodd", Art News, May 1953, pp. 55, 56
Hess, Thomas. "Alex Katz's Sign of the Times", New York Magazine, October 3, 1977, pp. 68, 70
Kramer, Hilton. "Art: Zoom Lens Canvases of Alex Katz", The New York Times, March 3, 1978, Sec. C, p. 18 "Art Views: Two Illuminating Styles of the Late 50's", The New York Times, Feb. 15, 1981, Sec. C, p. 18
"Quite a Lot to Look At", The New York Times, Nov. 28,1971, Sec. D, p. 21
"The Return of the Realists, and a New Battle Shaping Up", The New York Times, Oct. 25, 1981, Sec. C, pp. 1,35
"The Sociable Art of Alex Katz", The New York Times, Dec. 24, 1967, Sec. 2, p. 24
"The World of Alex Katz: Big Numbers, Fast Moves", The New York Times, Dec.16, 1973
Kroll, Jack. "Quartet of March Solos: Alex Katz", Art News, March 1961, pp. 38, 67
McGill, Douglas C. "How Alex Katz Puts Power on Canvas", The New York Times, March 24, 1985, Sec. 2, pp. 1,33
O'Hara, Frank. "Alex Katz", Art and Literature, Summer 1966, pp. 91?101. Reprinted in Frank O'Hara's "Art Chronicles", George Brazillier, Publisher, New York 1975
Perrault, John. "At the Table, On the Stoop", The Village Voice, Dec. 20, 1973. pp. 37,39
Perrone, Jeff. "Reviews: Alex Katz", Artforum, May 1978, pp. 58?59
Porter, Fairfield. "Reviews and Previews: Uping Painters". Art News, Nov. 1954, pp. 53,59
"Art", The Nation, Apr 2, 1960, p. 24
"Art", The Nation, Oct. 21, 1960, p. 215
Ratcliff, Carter. "Alex Katz: Style as Social Contract", Art International, Feb. 19, 1978, pp. 26,28, 50, 51
"Alex Katz's Cutouts", Arts Magazine, Feb. 1979, pp. 96,97
Russell, John. "Art: Alex Katz's Idyllic and Simplified World", The New York Times, Feb. 28, 1976, p. 2
"Art People", The New York Times, Sept. 7, 1979, Sec. C, p. 14
"Art View: When Pastime Becomes the Stuff of Metaphor", The New York Times, March 17, 1985, Sec. 2, p. 31
"Katz Portraits Step Out of Their Frames", The New York Times March 2, 1979, Sec. C, pp. 1,17
Sandler, Irving. "Alex Katz at Marlborough", Art in America, Spring 1974, pp. 110?111
Schuler, James." Alex Katz Paints a Picture", Art News, 1962, pp. 38?41
Schwartz, Ellen. "Alex Katz: I See Something and Go Wow", Art News, Summer, 1979. pp.42?46
Smith, Roberta. "Art: Expression Without the Ism", The Village Voice, March 29, 1983, p. 81
Tillim, Sidney. "The Katz Cocktail: Grand and Cozy", Art News, Dec. 1965, pp. 46?49, 67?69
Wallach, Amei,"In Katz's Art, Only Happy Endings", Newsday, March 16, 1980. Sec. II, pp. 4?5
Henry, Gerrit. "Alex Katz: From Theater to Poetry", Print Collector's News-letter, September-October 1992, p. 127-128.