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Alex Katz Sculptures

American, b. 1927

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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Artist: Alex Katz
Ada Outline
By Alex Katz
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mirrored Polished Aluminum
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2010s Alex Katz Sculptures

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Ariel (Cutout)
By Alex Katz
Located in Atlanta, GA
Alex Katz, Ariel (Cutout), 2016, Cutout from shaped powder coated aluminum, printed with UV cured archival inks, clear coated, with wall mount brackets. Edition: 40 Artist Proofs: 1...
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2010s Pop Art Alex Katz Sculptures

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Powder Coating

Ada with Sunglasses (AP 2/2)
By Alex Katz
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Alex Katz was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927. In 1928, at the outset of the Depression, his family moved to St. Albans, a diverse suburb of Queens that had sprung up between the ...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Katz Sculptures

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Stainless Steel

Dancer 2 (cutout) - ballet, dancing, light blue, black, blonde, dress
By Alex Katz
Located in Köln, DE
"Dancer 1" is from Alex Katz Dancer series. He is obsessed by fashion and the ballet and often works together with models and dancers. His works show ...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Katz Sculptures

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Ada 2 (Outline) - shining, silvery, beauty, sculpture, polished aluminum
By Alex Katz
Located in Köln, DE
"Ada 2 (Outline)" is a stunning piece of art. Usually, Katz is well known for his cut-outs, but this is an "outline" sculpture made of high glossy polished aluminum. It is light as a...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Katz Sculptures

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Bronze

Black Dress 9 (Christy) - 21st Century, Alex Katz, Figurative Sculpture, Woman
By Alex Katz
Located in Köln, DE
The "Black Dress" sculptures by Alex Katz are more than figurative sculptures. They are a homage to elegance, fashion and the female body. This cut-out is made from powder-coated alu...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Katz Sculptures

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Black Dress 8 (Ruth) - 21st Century, Alex Katz, Figurative Sculpture, Woman
By Alex Katz
Located in Köln, DE
The "Black Dress" sculptures by Alex Katz are more than figurative sculptures. They are a homage to elegance, fashion and the female body. This cut-out is made from powder-coated alu...
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Black Dress 7 (Carmen) - 21st Century, Alex Katz, Figurative Sculpture, Woman
By Alex Katz
Located in Köln, DE
The "Black Dress" sculptures by Alex Katz are more than figurative sculptures. They are a homage to elegance, fashion and the female body. This cut-out is made from powder-coated alu...
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Black Dress 2 (Cecily) - 21st Century, Alex Katz, Figurative Sculpture, Woman
By Alex Katz
Located in Köln, DE
The "Black Dress" sculptures by Alex Katz are more than figurative sculptures. They are a homage to elegance, fashion and the female body. This cut-out is made from powder-coated alu...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Katz Sculptures

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Dancer II, Alex Katz
By Alex Katz
Located in New York, NY
Created as a three-dimensional cut-out on aluminum by Alex Katz in 2020, Dancer II is printed the same on each side with UV-cured archival inks and mounted on an aluminum base.  With...
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21st Century and Contemporary Alex Katz Sculptures

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Archival Ink

Black Dress 1 (Yi) - 21st Century, Alex Katz, Figurative Sculpture, Woman
By Alex Katz
Located in Köln, DE
The "Black Dress" sculptures by Alex Katz are more than figurative sculptures. They are a homage to elegance, fashion and the female body. This cut-out is made from powder-coated alu...
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2010s Alex Katz Sculptures

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Black Dress 3 (Oona) - 21st Century, Alex Katz, Figurative Sculpture, Woman
By Alex Katz
Located in Köln, DE
The "Black Dress" sculptures by Alex Katz are more than figurative sculptures. They are a homage to elegance, fashion and the female body. This cut-out is made from powder-coated alu...
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Black Dress 4 (Sharon) - 21st Century, Alex Katz, Figurative Sculpture, Woman
By Alex Katz
Located in Köln, DE
The "Black Dress" sculptures by Alex Katz are more than figurative sculptures. They are a homage to elegance, fashion and the female body. This cut-out is made from powder-coated alu...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Katz Sculptures

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Maine Cow, Sculpture by Alex Katz
By Alex Katz
Located in Long Island City, NY
A mixed media sculpture by Alex Katz from 2007. A three-dimensional representation of a cow lounging in a pasture. Artist: Alex Katz, American (1927 - ) ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Alex Katz Sculptures

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Aluminum, Bronze

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