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This substantial volume opens with An interview with Robert Storr which includes discussions about Katz's approach to his work. This is followed by Survey, The Art of Alex Katz by Carter Ratcliff in which he conisders the artist's work from the 1950s to the present.; In Focus, Sylvia by Iwona Blazwick she concentrates on the one painting. The Artist's Choice, is a selection of nine works by the New York Poets; and The Artist's Writings range from 1959 to 2002. The book includes an illustrated Chronology and a Bibliography.

Although a paperback, with its heavy dust jacket this volume feels more substantial; it is thoughtfully laid out and well illustrated throughout with around 140 works, all in full colour and the majority up to full page. There are further comparative illustrations of other artists' work and in addition the illustrated Chronology.

It all adds up to an interesting and often illuminating survey of the artist's work and outlook, and a fine collection of his output. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0714844071, Paperback)

Alex Katz is a towering figure in contemporary painting, a key New York-based artist since the early 1960s. Katz was an independent figure during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism and Pop when he first emerged -- and remains a unique, though highly influential figure to this day. Alex Katz is best known for his distinct portraits of sophisticated, irresistible women, masterfully painted using precise, broad areas of colour. Alongside these unmistakably 'Katzian' female portraits are portraits of men, group portraits, landscapes and interiors rendered in painting, drawing, collage and metal cut-outs. All attest to the artist's attention to detail, economy of means and consummate technique. Bigger-than-life paintings such as The Black Dress (1960), Blue Umbrella (1972), Red Coat (1982) and White Visor (2003) have entered the collective conscience as the epitome of a particular, late 20th century feminine ideal: icons of fashion, yet miraculously resilient to the prevailing fashions of contemporary art. Katz has exhibited widely all over the world; a major, touring retrospective originating at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art was held in 1986. Alex Katz's work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., The Tate Gallery, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, among many others.

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