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Known for his bold, graphic approach to figurative painting and printmaking, Alex Katz often depicts his family and friends in flat, Pop-inflected portraits. For the series “Pas de Deux,” based on the artist’s large-scale 1983 painting of the same title, Katz created five prints depicting ‘80s art-world couples: David Salle and Janet Leonard, Danny Moynihan and Laura Faber, Francesco and Alba Clemente, Vicki Hudspith and Wally Tuberville, and Red Grooms and Liz Ross. All of the women wear coats by the designer Norma Kamali, while their male counterparts are sharply dressed in suits.
Published by Chalk and Vermillion Fine Arts, Connecticut
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Alex Katz (American, b. 1927) is an American figurative artist, loosely associated with the Pop Art movement. In particular, he is known for his portrait paintings of his wife, Ada. Katz studied at The Cooper Union in New York, and briefly transferred to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Katz has said that Skowhegan exposed him to painting from life, which became critical to his development as an artist. His work is defined by flatness of color, bold forms, and an economy of line.