b. 1927
  • United States
Turnover 2023
$USD 20.452.656
Record Sale
$USD 4.151.368

Alex Katz’s artistic journey spans several decades and has left an indelible mark on the art world. Katz’s work is characterized by its bold simplicity, clean lines, and flat color fields. His portraits and landscapes often feature sharply defined shapes and a sense of visual clarity, capturing the essence of his subjects while emphasizing their essential forms. Throughout his career, Katz has maintained an unwavering commitment to the act of looking. His portraits, often depicting friends, family, and individuals from his inner circle, invite viewers to engage directly with the subject’s presence. His approach emphasizes the power of visual immediacy, leaving a lasting impression in a world often dominated by complex imagery.

In the 1950s, Katz transitioned from the prevailing abstract expressionist trends of the time to forge his own artistic path. His paintings are often associated with the pop art movement due to their flatness and bold colors, but his work transcends easy categorization. Katz’s style stands as a unique bridge between realism and abstraction. His landscape paintings also demonstrate his mastery of capturing the mood and atmosphere of a scene with a few well-placed strokes. These works evoke a sense of stillness and contemplation, inviting viewers to immerse themselves at the moment.

Alex Katz’s influence extends beyond his artwork. His exploration of portraiture and the relationship between art and perception has contributed to critical discussions about contemporary art’s role in reflecting and shaping culture. His dedication to his unique style, his exploration of form and color, and his ability to capture the essence of his subjects have solidified his place as a respected and influential figure in the modern art world.


Record Sale

Alex KATZ (1927)
Blue Umbrella I (1972)

86 x 121 cm

Lot # 14
Hammer price: $ 3,444,098
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 4,151,368
Estimate: $ 984,028 – $ 1,476,042
20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
02 oct 2019, London, United Kingdom.

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