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Purple Hat Ada
By Alex Katz
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Alex Katz 2017 Archival pigment inks on Crane Museo Max 365 gsm fine art
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Night: William Dunas Dance 2(Pamela), Pop Art Print by Alex Katz
By Alex Katz
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alex Katz, American (1927 - ) Title: Night: William Dunas Dance 1 (Pamela) Year: 1983 Medium: Lithograph on Arches, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 100, 42 AP Size: 25...
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Night: William Dunas Dance 1 (Pamela), Pop Art Print by Alex Katz
By Alex Katz
Located in Long Island City, NY
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'Good Afternoon 2 (Gray Rowboat)' Rare 1975 Alex Katz Print Ada on Lake in Maine
By Alex Katz
Located in Wellesley, MA
With flat planes of rich, lovely color, Alex Katz’s landscapes and portraits evoke the smooth aesthetics of advertising billboards and film. The prolific, renowned international arti...
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Night: William Dunas Dance (Suite of Four)
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A beautiful set of prints displaying a dancer (Pamela) in motion. Pamela is a recurring subject in Alex Katz’s work, regularly showing up named in the titles of various pieces. This ...
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Alex Katz 'Reflection 2'
By Alex Katz
Located in New York, NY
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Green Jacket
By Alex Katz
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Green Jacket, 1990 Screenprint in thirty-eight colors 35 7/8 x 24 inches Edition: 150 Artist Proofs: 30 Arches Roll Stock 100 % Rag paper Printed by Adi Rischn...
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Alex Katz 'Ada Four Times 3' 1979-1980
By Alex Katz
Located in Miami, FL
ALEX KATZ (1927-Present) Alex Katz 'Ada Four Times 3' is a screenprint and lithograph printed in colors on Arches wove paper, printed by Styria Studio, Inc., published by GHJ Graphi...
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White Roses -Contemporary, 21st Century, Silkscreen, Limited Edition, Katz, Blue
By Alex Katz
Located in Zug, CH
Alex Katz, Yellow Tulips Contemporary, 21st Century, Silkscreen, Limited Edition Edition of 50 122,5 x 195,7 cm (48.2 x 77 in.) Signed and numbered, accompanied by Certificate of Aut...
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Straw Hat 3
By Alex Katz
Located in Boca Raton, FL
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White Shirt Portfolio
By Alex Katz
Located in Calabasas, CA
Artist: Alex Katz Title: White Shirt Portfolio Year: 2021 Medium: Archival pigment ink on Innova Etching Cotton Rag 315 gsm fine art paper Sheets: 26 × 15 in (66× 38.1 cm) Edition: ...
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Coca Cola Girl #4, 2018, 24 color silkscreen
By Alex Katz
Located in Atlanta, GA
Coca-Cola Girl 4, 2019 Silkscreen 40 x 50 inches Edition: 60 Artist Proofs: 20 Saunders Waterford, Hot Press, High White, 425 gsm Printed and published by Lococo Fine Art Publisher, ...
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Ada
By Alex Katz
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Alex Katz Ada 2011 Japanese woodblock in 31-colors on New Hosho paper 22 x 30 in. Edition of 70 Pencil signed & numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shi...
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By Alex Katz
Located in Fairfield, CT
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Purple Hat
By Alex Katz
Located in Nuernberg, DE
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Purple Hat
By Alex Katz
Located in Fairfield, CT
Archival pigment inks on Crane Museo Max 365 gsm fine art paper Edition of 125
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Purple Hat Ada
By Alex Katz
Located in New York, NY
Purple Hat Ada, 2017 Archival pigment inks on Crane Museo Max 365 gsm fine art paper 46 x 21 inches
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Purple Hat (Ada)
By Alex Katz
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Purple Hat (Ada) is a 2017 archival pigment print by Alex Katz. Purple Hat (Ada) is from an edition
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Alex Katz for sale on 1stDibs

Flat color and minimal forms contrast the often monumental scales of the paintings by Alex Katz through which he creates portraits and landscapes of deceptive simplicity. Although the signature stark style that defines his prints and other work is now recognizable at a glance, it took him a decade to develop. During that time, he has said he destroyed hundreds of paintings.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian émigré parents, Katz’s family moved to Queens when he was a baby and that is where his family’s passion for the arts supported his early creative interests. In 1946, he enrolled at the Cooper Union in Manhattan where he studied painting under Morris Kantor. While he was influenced by the bold colors and hard edges of modernism, he shifted away from the then-dominant Abstract Expressionism movement to figurative scenes of life that have an inherent cool in their pared-down approach. Especially impactful were Katz’s summer studies between 1949 and 1950 at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, a place where, as he later wrote: “I tried plein air painting and found my subject matter and a reason to devote my life to painting.”

Katz’s first solo show was in 1954 at Roko Gallery in New York. He experimented over the course of the following years with collage and painting on aluminum sheets, with his work in the 1960s drawing inspiration from film and advertising. In the 1970s, Katz expanded into portrait groups that regularly depicted the cultural scene of New York; in the 1980s, he extended his focus to fashion and its supermodels. Since the late 1950s, an enduring muse for his portraits has been his wife, Ada, while others have painted friends and famous figures. The intimate closeness of the frequently cropped faces in Katz’s portraits exudes a sense of tension with the subjects’ enigmatic expressions and planes of color.

In the 1960s, Katz collaborated with American dancer and choreographer Paul Taylor on sets and costumes. His concentration on landscapes emerged in the late 1980s, with atmospheric night views joining his practice, which had previously been defined by bright colors. Always finding new perspectives on his work, he has explored using iPhone photographs as the basis for large-scale compositions in recent years.

Katz’s prolific career has spanned sculpture, prints and public art along with his paintings and drawings, and his works can be found in the collections of leading museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art. He has had over 250 solo exhibitions around the world and continues to be acclaimed. In 2022, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened a major retrospective of his art.

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A Close Look at Pop Art Art

Perhaps one of the most influential contemporary art movements, Pop art emerged in the 1950s. In stark contrast to traditional artistic practice, its practitioners drew on imagery from popular culture — comic books, advertising, product packaging and other commercial media — to create original Pop art paintings, prints and sculptures that celebrated ordinary life in the most literal way.

ORIGINS OF POP ART

CHARACTERISTICS OF POP ART 

  • Bold imagery
  • Bright, vivid colors
  • Straightforward concepts
  • Engagement with popular culture 
  • Incorporation of everyday objects from advertisements, cartoons, comic books and other popular mass media

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ORIGINAL POP ART ON 1STDIBS

The Pop art movement started in the United Kingdom as a reaction, both positive and critical, to the period’s consumerism. Its goal was to put popular culture on the same level as so-called high culture.

Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? is widely believed to have kickstarted this unconventional new style.

Pop art works are distinguished by their bold imagery, bright colors and seemingly commonplace subject matter. Practitioners sought to challenge the status quo, breaking with the perceived elitism of the previously dominant Abstract Expressionism and making statements about current events. Other key characteristics of Pop art include appropriation of imagery and techniques from popular and commercial culture; use of different media and formats; repetition in imagery and iconography; incorporation of mundane objects from advertisements, cartoons and other popular media; hard edges; and ironic and witty treatment of subject matter.

Although British artists launched the movement, they were soon overshadowed by their American counterparts. Pop art is perhaps most closely identified with American Pop artist Andy Warhol, whose clever appropriation of motifs and images helped to transform the artistic style into a lifestyle. Most of the best-known American artists associated with Pop art started in commercial art (Warhol made whimsical drawings as a hobby during his early years as a commercial illustrator), a background that helped them in merging high and popular culture.

Roy Lichtenstein was another prominent Pop artist that was active in the United States. Much like Warhol, Lichtenstein drew his subjects from print media, particularly comic strips, producing paintings and sculptures characterized by primary colors, bold outlines and halftone dots, elements appropriated from commercial printing. Recontextualizing a lowbrow image by importing it into a fine-art context was a trademark of his style. Neo-Pop artists like Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami further blurred the line between art and popular culture.

Pop art rose to prominence largely through the work of a handful of men creating works that were unemotional and distanced — in other words, stereotypically masculine. However, there were many important female Pop artists, such as Rosalyn Drexler, whose significant contributions to the movement are recognized today. Best known for her work as a playwright and novelist, Drexler also created paintings and collages embodying Pop art themes and stylistic features.

Read more about the history of Pop art and the style’s famous artists, and browse the collection of original Pop art paintings, prints, photography and other works for sale on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Prints and Multiples for You

Decorating with fine art prints — whether they’re figurative prints, abstract prints or another variety — has always been a practical way of bringing a space to life as well as bringing works by an artist you love into your home.

Pursued in the 1960s and ’70s, largely by Pop artists drawn to its associations with mass production, advertising, packaging and seriality, as well as those challenging the primacy of the Abstract Expressionist brushstroke, printmaking was embraced in the 1980s by painters and conceptual artists ranging from David Salle and Elizabeth Murray to Adrian Piper and Sherrie Levine.

Printmaking is the transfer of an image from one surface to another. An artist takes a material like stone, metal, wood or wax, carves, incises, draws or otherwise marks it with an image, inks or paints it and then transfers the image to a piece of paper or other material.

Fine art prints are frequently confused with their more commercial counterparts. After all, our closest connection to the printed image is through mass-produced newspapers, magazines and books, and many people don’t realize that even though prints are editions, they start with an original image created by an artist with the intent of reproducing it in a small batch. Fine art prints are created in strictly limited editions — 20 or 30 or maybe 50 — and are always based on an image created specifically to be made into an edition.

Many people think of revered Dutch artist Rembrandt as a painter but may not know that he was a printmaker as well. His prints have been preserved in time along with the work of other celebrated printmakers such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol. These fine art prints are still highly sought after by collectors.

“It’s another tool in the artist’s toolbox, just like painting or sculpture or anything else that an artist uses in the service of mark making or expressing him- or herself,” says International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) vice president Betsy Senior, of New York’s Betsy Senior Fine Art, Inc.

Because artist’s editions tend to be more affordable and available than his or her unique works, they’re more accessible and can be a great opportunity to bring a variety of colors, textures and shapes into a space.

For tight corners, select small fine art prints as opposed to the oversized bold piece you’ll hang as a focal point in the dining area. But be careful not to choose something that is too big for your space. And feel free to lean into it if need be — not every work needs picture-hanging hooks. Leaning a larger fine art print against the wall behind a bookcase can add a stylish installation-type dynamic to your living room. (Read more about how to arrange wall art here.)

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