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    Alex Katz (b. 1927)
    John Updike, 1982
    Oil on aluminum
    12-1/8 x 9-1/8 inches (30.8 x 23.2 cm)
    Signed, titled, and dated on the reverse: 1982 / Alex Katz / John Updike


    Pace Wildenstein, New York;
    Private collection, New Jersey, acquired from the above, 2003.
    Private collection, New York City, by descent from above, 2018.

    This work is a study for the oil painting John Updike, 1982, which was commissioned by Time magazine for the October, 18, 1982 cover. It was later acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., as a gift from Time magazine.

    More information about Alex Katz, also known as Katz, Alex, Alex Katz.

    Condition Report*: Aluminum plate adhered to wood, then fastened to frame; a few scattered minor abrasions to the upper half of the image; otherwise, there do not appear to be any major condition issues. Framed Dimensions 18.5 X 15.5 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    29th Thursday
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