We’ve been digging on Alex Katz quietly for some time now. The painter’s work hits with such distinct subtlety that it can take 30 minutes of investigation before the emotional core of a piece starts seeping into you. One that happens, it is almost like the painting is looking at you—unsettling and awesome.
For his exhibition at Tate St Ives Katz brings together over 30 canvases, plus collages and cut-outs, that span the full breadth of his career from the 1950s to now. Given the Gallery’s location on the beach, and the nature of the summer season here, the exhibition places a special emphasis on Katz’s seascapes and beach scenes, as well as images of family holidays and friends, painted in his own seaside retreat of Lincolnville, Maine, where he continues to spend his summers.
Dude turns 85 this year, and seems to be working in finer form than ever. Not-to-miss if you are in the vicinity May 19 to September 23. (it’s nice that)
More looks after the jump…