ALEX KATZ

Sasha 2

  • medium Archival pigment print in colors on Crane Museo Max paper
  • edition 75/100
  • size 33.87w x 33.87h in
  • created 2016
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Notes

COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary
Literature: Lococo Fine Art, St. Louis

Collection Note:

As one of the most influential proponents of figurative realism, Alex Katz has been painting portraits for nearly 50 years, synthesizing a kind of color field abstraction with realism. Often portraying people from the New York art and intellectual scenes, the artist generalizes the features of his subjects and reduces the work to formal properties of light, color, and scale, thereby making the faces in his work more familiar to all possible viewers.

In 2010, Katz re-framed his subject matter, employing more drastic cropping of individual portraits and composing multiple paintings using tightly cropped images of the same subject sequenced across the composition, as seen in this piece.

By cropping the image of his subject, Alex Katz beckons the viewer to analyze Sarah’s expression. Upon close inspection, we notice the subtle differences between the side-by-side views of Sarah’s, which are ever so slight: the slight change in the angle of her grin, to the reflections in her irises which have changed positions.