Face to Face
ADAMAR FINE ARTS BRNGS TO MIAMI A HISTORIC EXHIBITION OF OVER 30 WORKS OF LEGENDARY CONTEMPORARY ARTIST ALEX KATZ
We are proud to host an important exhibition of orignal works and screenprints by the ledgendary contemporay artist, Alex Katz. Alex Katz (born Brooklyn, New York, 1927) is one of the most important and respected living American artists with a career that spans over six decades. "Face to Face" brings together original paintings and prints from several decades of the over 60 years of the artist's career.
Katz's bold paintings are defined by their flatness of color and form, their deceptively simple use of line and their cool but seductive emotional detachment. Using categories, such as, portraiture, land and seascape, figure studies and flowers, many of Katz's works picture an everyday America in times of leisure and recreation. A recurring subject is Katz's wife and muse Ada, whose iconic image has appeared in his work since the 1950s.
Influenced as much by style, film, poetry and music as by art history, Katz works in the tradition of European and American artists like Eduard Manet, Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. He began exhibiting in the 1950s, when Abstract Expressionism was the dominant movement in American art led by figures such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Katz admired these artists but rather than follow in their wake, he instead developed a contemporary figurative language combining the enlarged scale of American abstract painting with the bright colors and graphic style of advertising billboards. An influential precursor to Pop Art in the 1960s, Katz has famously said, 'I wanted to make paintings you could hang up in Times Square'.
Alex Katz has exhibited widely all over the world. His work has been the subject of many major solo exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of over 100 important museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in new York; The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Art Institute, Chicago; The Tate Gallery, London; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, and the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, to name a few.