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Alex Katz has worked with portraiture throughout his oeuvre, stylistically depicting those around him. The artist is able to transform these portraits into his iconic style with flattened shapes and rich colors. While these works appear simple in composition, they are complex studies in color and shape. The present portrait features Laura Halzack in profile view, a prima ballerina of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, based in New York City. The subject is shown without context against a black background, presenting a strong contrast against her light skin.
Published by Lococo Fine Art, St. Louis
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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.