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Alex Katz

Black Dress 4 (Sharon) (from Black Dress cut-out series), 2018

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Lot 39
Baked archival UV inks on shaped powder-coated aluminum, printed on 2-sides, mounted to polished stainless steel base
25.5 x 7.6 in (64.8 x 19.4 cm)
Edition of 35
Incised with the artist signature on top of base; stamped with edition number and artist/publisher copyright on underside of base


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Alex Katz’s iconic style comes to the fore in 'Black Dress 4 (Sharon),' a casual full-length cut-out portrait of a posing woman. By creating these cut-outs, the artist is able to assess the human figure as represented and rendered through hard lines and a flat, clean aesthetic. While Katz’s carefree, highly graphic depiction of his subject imbues the work with a strong sense of personality and allows us unique insight into her identity, his characteristic use of bold, striking colors and minimal detail firmly entrenches the work in his own unique aesthetic canon.

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About Alex Katz

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.