This volume, published for New York and Maine-based painter Alex Katz’s (born 1927) 2016 exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London, takes landscape as its focus, bringing together Katz’s extraordinarily productive output of recent years alongside select works from the past two decades.
The book includes texts from artists, thinkers and poets. It opens with a previously unpublished conversation between Alex Katz and Hans Ulrich Obrist and a new poem by John Godfrey. In her essay, Ingrid D. Rowland expands on Katz’s unique approach to light; a conversation between artists Marlene Dumas and Jan Andriesse gives an insight into their engagement with Katz’s work over time. Critic and writer Jan Verwoert’s text explores Katz’s understanding of depth and perception, and the artist Merlin James focuses on a single painting. The publication also features archival reviews.