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ALEX KATZ RED DANCERS

Exhibited in the first floor gallery, a selection of Katz’s works on paper reveals both the initial inspiration and the process by which the artist figures out how to translate a raw image into a final work. In general, Katz begins with a quickly executed pen or pencil drawing and sometimes an oil sketch that defines the motif. He then builds upon the initial idea with successively refined drawings and large-format cartoons that he affixes to a primed canvas and punctures with a tool (a Renaissance technique called pouncing, invented for frescoes) to map the basic outline of the motif on the surface. Swiftly made, the sketches exhibited here are marvellously evocative and stand as tokens of the artist’s exploration of perspective, scale and focus, as well as the issue of colour.

About the artist:

Alex Katz was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1927. From 1946 to 1950, he studied painting at The Cooper Union, New York, and later at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Although Katz belongs to the Pop generation of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, it was not until the 1970s that his paintings were exhibited internationally. Since the 1980s, Katz has been a protagonist of Cool Painting, and one of the most influential painters of our present day. His work has been exhibited worldwide, in solo shows and retrospectives, and can be found in the collections of many major museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Reina Sofia, Madrid. The exhibition Alex Katz. Homage to Monet is currently on view at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris until 2 September 2019. A room is dedicated to Katz’s work in the current exhibition Le Parti de la peinture, on view at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, until 26 August. A forthcoming exhibition will take place at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, from June through October 2020.






  • 20.06.2019 - 18.07.2020
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  • ‘The gestures interest me, which go right to the heart of dance.’ — Alex Katz
    ‘The gestures interest me, which go right to the heart of dance.’ — Alex Katz
    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac