ALEX KATZ QUICK LIGHT

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SERPENTINE GALLERY
LONDON, UK
ALEX KATZ
QUICK LIGHT
2 JUNE – 11 SEPTEMBER 2016
Kensington GardensLondonW2 3XA
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Alex Katz Anna, 2015
Oil on canvas. 121,9 x 289,6 cm (48 x 114 in).
Photo: Paul Takeuchi

SERPENTINE GALLERY Live
LONDON, UK
ALEX KATZ
QUICK LIGHT
Saturday Talks: 10 Sep 2016 – 3 pm
with
Curator, Melissa Blanchflower
2 JUNE – 11 SEPTEMBER 2016
Kensington GardensLondonW2 3XA
http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/

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SERPENTINE GALLERY Live
LONDON, UK
ALEX KATZ
QUICK LIGHT
Saturday Talks: 25 Jun 2016 | 3 pm
with
Joseph Constable Assistant Curator
2 JUNE – 11 SEPTEMBER 2016
Kensington GardensLondonW2 3XA
http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/

The Serpentine presents the work of renowned
American painter ALEX KATZ  born 1927, Brooklyn, New York.
This exhibition brings together Katz’s extraordinarily
productive output of recent years alongside works
from across his career in an installation that responds
and relates to the unique context of the Serpentine Gallery.
Coming of age as an artist in 1950s New York, Katz developed his
unique approach to contemporary representational painting during the
height of Abstract Expressionism.
Over the five and a half decades since his first exhibition in 1954,
Katz has produced a celebrated body of work, including paintings,
drawings, sculpture and prints. Establishing himself as a pre-eminent
painter of modern life, he was influenced by films, billboard advertising,
music, poetry and his close circle of friends and family. His portraits
and landscapes are characterised by their flatness of colour and
fluidity of line, reinventing both genres within the context of
abstract painting and contemporary image-making.
The Serpentine exhibition takes landscape as its focus, bringing
together Katz’s extraordinarily productive output of recent years alongside
select works from the past two decades. Katz’s landscape paintings
exemplify his life-long quest to capture the present tense in paint.
Regardless of their scale, Katz describes these paintings as ‘environmental’
in the way in which they envelop the viewer. Defined by temporal qualities
of light, times of the day and the changing of the seasons, these
paintings respond and relate to the unique context of the Serpentine
Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The exhibition will also include a
recent series of portraits.
Katz draws parallels between his approach to painting and his
interest in poetry, both equally concerned with stripping away
unnecessary detail to leave only the essential information. This
relationship between language and the painting process is echoed in
the work of painter, poet and filmmaker Etel Adnan, showing in parallel
at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, whose landscapes are similarly
defined by their bold colour and simplified form that is nevertheless
rooted in keen observation of the world around her.
Featured Image: Alex Katz: Quick Light; Installation view;
Serpentine Gallery, London (2 June – 11 September 2016);
Image © readsreads.info

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