From June 29th through October 13, 2013, the Nassau County Museum of Art is presenting a solo exhibition entitled Alex Katz: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Among the living artist's works on display are early landscapes and collages as well as his brightly-hued portraits.
Mr. Katz was born in Brooklyn in 1927 and grew up in St. Albans, Queens, NY. He studied at Cooper Union in Manhattan and later earned a scholarship at Maine's Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. Many of his known works are portraits with monochrome backgrounds, such as the one pictured above, which is a large-scale depiction of his wife and muse, Ada.
The museum is offering a number of programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including daily screenings at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. of a 56-minute video, Alex Katz: What About Style?. The film is free with museum admission, as are the daily 2 p.m. exhibition tours and lunchtime lectures scheduled for July 25, August 22 and September 26th. On October 12, 2013, the influential art critic Bill Berkson will offer his insights on Katz's paintings. For more info, please visit nassaumuseum.org.
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Photo © Alex Katz