While Alex Katz's own portraits are generally simplified and pleasant, this photo portrait of Katz by his Soho neighbor Chuck Close is rich in detail and expression.
Card, size: 5 x 7 inches
The enthusiastic response to the Alex Katz retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum has encouraged Gallery 98 to feature here a sampling of art ephemera from the artist’s 70-year exhibition history. Katz has steadfastly followed his chosen creative direction by producing works that stand apart from major art movements, but which continue to appeal as attractive, uncomplicated renderings of a comfortable, contented life.
With an elegant wife (whom he has depicted over 1000 times!), a Soho loft, a summer studio in Maine, and friendship with a cultivated group of artists, poets and dancers, Katz’s world is almost completely devoid of the social issues, identity politics, and angst that have driven the art of many of his contemporaries. Even when Katz portrays a well-known renegade like poet Rene Ricard, the result is pleasing. This may seem out-of-step with reality, but if the response to the Guggenheim retrospective is any indication, it may be what some people need during these tumultuous times.
Gallery Announcement Cards, 1970–1993
Card, size: 8.5 x 4 inches
Alex Katz, Louise Bourgeois, Lynda Benglis, ART for Equal Rights Ammendment, Zabriskie Gallery, Folded Card, 1981
Folded card, size: 7 x 5 inches
Brooke Alexander Inc., Alex Katz, Face of the Poet, Portfolio of Portraits of Poets with Poems, Rene Ricard, Catalogue, 1978
18-page catalogue, size: 12.25 x 9.25 inches
Card, size: 8 x 6 inches
Card, size: 10 x 5.75 inches
Folded card, size: 6 x 4.25 inches
Card, size: 7 x 5 inches