The New York Times had a great article on the artist Alex Katz last week. The artist is a giant of a distinct “new realist” style of figurative painting born of the pop-art era.
Katz has had an incredibly long, active and prolific career. This is underscored by his age — The artist is 95 years old. And he’s currently preparing for a new, major retrospective exhibition of his work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York later this year. The show is called “Alex Katz: A Gathering.”
Katz may not be a household name outside the global art world. But his painting and aesthetic is at once recognizable for its color palette, composition and often flattened 2D style. Early career works like “The Cocktail Party” (pictured above) captured the urbane social life of artists in 1960s New York City. It’s one of our favorite post-modern figurative paintings of all time.