Alex Katz

  • medium Digital inkjet prints on Somerset paper, 4 panels
  • edition Aside from Edition of 12
  • size 69.00w x 92.00h in
  • created 1996
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COA: This work comes with a certificate of authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.

Chuck Close’s portrait of fellow artist Alex Katz renders his pronounced features and straightforward gaze in stunning clarity, much like his early works of photo-realistic paintings. This large-scale, monumental portrait, comprised of four panels, precisely bisects Katz’s face into a grid, a constant recursion in Close’s body of work. Due to the onslaught of almost complete paralysis in 1988, to which Close refers to as “The Event,” Close was forced to adapt his style of painting and turn to other means of creation, one of them being photography. Over the past couple of decades, he pushed his photography to match the precision and limits of his painting, by reinvigorating portraiture through rigorous meticulousness and an adept conceptual sensibility.

In October 2022, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York will launch a major retrospective highlighting the career of Alex Katz.

Chuck Close PHOTOGRAPHS, White Cube, London, July – September 1999 (another example exhibited)