Alex Katz

Alex Katz


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Brooklyn (New York state, United States)

Born in 1927 in Brooklyn, NY, Alex Katz would grow up to be one of the fundamental names associated with the Pop art movement.

His breadth of work ranges from painting to sculpting and printings, and his influence has spread throughout many galleries in the USA as well as in many other countries. Katz received academic training in classical life painting that would heavily influence his work, even though he eventually pursued more experimentalist approaches.

Katz only achieved massive notoriety when he was over 50 years old. Regardless, he has been a fiercely prolific artistic all his life. He once claimed to have ruined over a thousand paintings during his twenties, until he eventually managed to find his own style and started gaining recognition for it. He would eventually become known for his gigantic paintings that showed an elegant simplicity and striking colors, which would earn him popularity as one of the early precursors to Pop art.

Most of his body of work is split evenly between portraiture and landscape art. His favored subjects include views from his area of residence in SoHo, as well as natural scenes from Maine where he spent most of his summers. He painted over 250 portraits of his wife Ada Katz, who remains his most recurrent subject. He tended to draw those close to him - from family members to people from his favored social circles.

Some of the best known works by Katz include public billboards like 1977 Times Square Mural and “flat life-size sculptures” that he painted in surfaces ranging from aluminum to plywood.


Alex Katz Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
ALEX KATZ (American, b. 1927) Ada at Tortola, 1974 Oil on masonite 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm) Signature etched i
ALEX KATZ (American, b. 1927)Ada at Tortola, 1974Oil on masonite12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)Signature etched i...
Lot 72280
Auction 5172
Saturday, May 31, 2014
ALEX KATZ (American, b. 1927) Standing Ada, 1987 Screenprint in colors on two sides of cut aluminum 65 x 10 inches (1
ALEX KATZ (American, b. 1927)Standing Ada, 1987Screenprint in colors on two sides of cut aluminum65 x 10 inches (1...
Lot 70251
Auction 5197
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Alex Katz (b. 1927) Ariel (Red), 2016 Screenprint in colors on Saunders Waterford HP High White paper 36 x 76 inches
Alex Katz (b. 1927)Ariel (Red), 2016Screenprint in colors on Saunders Waterford HP High White paper36 x 76 inches ...
Lot 77095
Auction 5289
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Alex Katz (b. 1927) Seagull, 2010 Linocut in colors on Rives paper 50-3/4 x 35-3/4 inches (128.9 x 90.8 cm) (sheet)
Alex Katz (b. 1927)Seagull, 2010Linocut in colors on Rives paper50-3/4 x 35-3/4 inches (128.9 x 90.8 cm) (sheet)...
Lot 12089
Auction 191749
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Alex Katz (b. 1927) Profile of Vincent, 1974 Drypoint on wove paper 15-1/8 x 22-1/4 inches (38.4 x 56.5 cm) (sheet)
Alex Katz (b. 1927)Profile of Vincent, 1974Drypoint on wove paper15-1/8 x 22-1/4 inches (38.4 x 56.5 cm) (sheet)...
Lot 12090
Auction 191749
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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