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Regarding Alex Katz

 

"Regarding Alex Katz," on view in Carnegie Museum of Art's Forum Gallery from July 15 to September 10, 2000, will bring together the museum's holdings by this Important contemporary artist. (left: Self-Portrait,1978, print, black and white aquatint, 36 x 30 1/2 inches, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Gift of Michael Berger)

Throughout his illustrious career, which now spans half a century, Alex Katz has exhibited great artistic independence in articulating an original vision, one that reconciles two ostensibly opposing forms of expression: representation and abstraction. Madeleine Grynsztejn, curator of Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art and organizer of the 1999 Carnegie International, selected Katz as one of the forty-one artists in that exhibition.

"It is Katz's ability to perfectly balance representation and formal abstraction that makes his work so striking," says Grynsztejn, "and all the more so, because his paintings are dedicated to such classic genres as portraiture and landscape."

With Carnegie Museum of Art's recent acquisitions of two major works by Alex Katz - Autumn (1999) and Walk (1970) - the museum has become a principal center for works by this artist. "Regarding Alex Katz" presents a first viewing of Katz artworks from the museum's collection, which in addition to Autumn and Walk include an early landscape painting (Ive's Field No. 1, 1953); an oil and aluminum cutout, Edwin Edwin (1969) that is a gift of the artist, as well as several works on paper. (left: Autumn, 1999, oil on canvas,10 x 20 feet, Carnegie International 1999/2000, Carnegie Museum of Art; right: Walk, 1971, oil on canvas, 72 x 144 inches, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Henry L. Hillman Fund)

Forum Gallery is supported by grants from The Heinz Endowments and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

rev. 12/12/03

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