Selected Works

Alex Katz, born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1927.

Alex Katz is indisputably one of the fathers of pop art. He lives and works between New York and Lincolnville (Maine). In his figurative painting, Alex Katz was always on the borderline between abstraction and realism. He was doing figurative painting when the whole of American art had turned decisively away from representation. At that time, Katz countered the painters such as Jackson Pollock, who obstinately insisted on an impulsive, individual signature or the presentation of hardly perceptible differences, with his cool treatment of a fully visible, verifiable world.

Since the 1980s he has been the outstanding protagonist of Cool Painting, and one of the most influential painters in the world. He became a kind of cult figure for a whole generation of painters now in their thirties and forties. Long before the protagonists of pop art, such as Andy Warhol, Katz adopted the principle of serialism, and influenced an entire generation with it. Katz’s works, however, always bear a connection with the history of American painting, to Georgia O’Keeffe, Fairfield Porter, Ralston Crawford and Edward Hopper.

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