Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s
Creating innovative portraits, landscapes and still lifes at a time when abstract painting dominated the art scene, Alex Katz forged an ingenious way to wed abstraction with recognizable imagery by paring down his compositions to their most fundamental elements.
Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s is the largest museum exhibition to showcase Alex Katz’s (b. 1927) work during the first decade of his career—a period characterized by fierce experimentation from which his signature brightly colored figurative paintings emerged.
Organized by the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, in close collaboration with the 91-year old artist, the exhibition’s title derives from Katz’s early manifesto announcing his intentions to invigorate traditional artistic subject matter. Creating work at a time when abstract painting dominated the art scene, Katz forged an ingenious way to wed abstraction with recognizable imagery by paring down his compositions to their most fundamental elements.
In retrospect, these works prefigured the subsequent development of Pop Art.
Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s is funded in part by grants from the Wyeth Foundation of American Art and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The exhibition includes more than 60 key loans from public and private collections, including many rarely seen works from the artist’s own holdings as well as a sampling of Katz’s works from the Colby College Museum of Art collection.
The Neuberger exhibition is curated by Patrice Giasson, the Alex Gordon Curator of Art of the Americas. Generous financial support is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Purchase College Foundation.
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