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"Well\, I think you try to get into the present tense in the work. It’s something that’s more common in music and singing\, but not so much in pain ting. It’s really kind of impossible to achieve in painting\, but that’s re ally what I’m trying to do." Alex Katz


Gavin Brown's enterprise is pleased to announce a s olo exhibition of new paintings by Alex Katz.

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Opening November 10\, thi s will be Katz’s second exhibition at the gallery.

Alex Katz is\, without doubt\, the preeminent painter of modern life. Over the past fifty years he has defined the Americ an visual vocabulary: no one is more influential\, more iconic\, and more e nduring. What is perhaps most remarkable about Alex Katz is that at 86\, he continues to mirror the present moment. He continues to describe our lived experience\, here in 2012. Like all great painters his work is both beyond and rooted in time. His work is timeless. The theme is time itself.

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Fo r his latest exhibition Katz presents 11 paintings\, each of women\, each w earing a headscarf. While we are used to contemporary clothing slicing the picture plane of a Katz painting\, reminding us that we are in the here and now\, this cloth feels different. This is a newer and graver moment. What clue is being laid here? Are these women in mourning? Or are they simply wh at they have always been: Women\, and all that entails - Sisters\, Mothers\ , Daughters\, Wives.

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In each painting he crystallizes the eternity of t he moment with the deftest of touches. These faces become surfaces to refle ct Light - that which describes time and also is time. He captures somethin g that approximates an eternal present tense. This sense of an ever-present now-ness that is a defining characteristic of Katz's art.

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Today\, in 2 012\, the particularness of the American experience from which Katz emerged half a century ago has been crowded out. Shouldered right next to it are o ther voices\, each demanding equal hearing. Today\, Alex Katz's Americannes s reveals itself to be anything but specific to place and time. It is commo n and universal. It is as transcendent and sacred as the human face.

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We approach a crescendo of commonality and shared experience\, and these pain tings of women\, each in the simplest and most ancient of garments\, each r endered in the sparest of gestures\, remind us of ourselves\, of our breath \, of the light all around us.



Alex Katz has exhibited widely all over the world f or half a century\; including major touring retrospectives and solo present ations of his work. In 2012 the artist's work will be the subject of major solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts\, Boston\, and the Tate\, St Iv es. His work is included the permanent collections of over one hundred impo rtant museums worldwide\, including The Museum of Modern Art\, The Metropol itan Museum of Art\, and the Whitney Museum of American Art\, in New York\; The Smithsonian Institute\, Washington\, D.C.\; Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh\, PA\; The Art Institute of Chicago\; The Tate Gallery\, London\ ; the Centre Georges Pompidou\, Paris\; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia\, Madrid\, Metropolitan Museum of Art\, Tokyo\, the Nationalgalerie\ , Berlin\, Tate St. Ives\, Cornwall\, and Turner Contemporary\, Kent.

DTEND:20121215 DTSTAMP:20140710T190204 DTSTART:20121110 GEO:40.7310645;-74.0083365 LOCATION:Gavin Brown's Enterprise\,620 Greenwich Street \nNew York\, NY 100 14 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Alex Katz UID:247701 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR