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Alex Katz

New York School painter Alex Katz developed his highly stylized aesthetic in reaction to 1950s Abstract Expressionism, finding his own distinctive resolution between formalism and representation. His brightly colored figurative and landscape paintings are rendered in a flat style that takes cues from everyday visual culture like advertising and cinema, in many ways anticipating both the formal and conceptual concerns of Pop Art. Well known for his many portraits of his wife and muse, Ada, Katz has also dedicated himself to printmaking and freestanding sculptures of cutout figures painted on wood or aluminum. Katz' work resides in numerous public collections across the world, including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Saatchi Gallery in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.