Alex Katz - Contemporary Art Part II New York Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gallery Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Salzburg
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, Contemporary Art Part II, May 12, 2006, lot 166
    Acquired from the above sale by the previous owner
    Private Collection, London

  • Exhibited

    Vienna, Albertina Museum, Alex Katz: Cartoons and Paintings, December 17, 2004 - February 20, 2005

  • Literature

    W Magazine, Portfolio of Kate Moss, September 2003

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Almost from the beginning of his career, Katz forged an individual style in the interface between representation and artifice, that is, by rendering appearances and painting flatly. Style would become his primary consideration. It was not something superficial, like stylization, which he said ‘is a cheap way to make handwriting identifiable,’ but was found at the core of his being- Katzness of Katz.
    The cool that Katz cultivates is conveyed by the smoothness of the painting, by the flatness of the pared-down images, and by their huge size and expansive internal scale, all of which distance the subject from the audience. Flatness reduces the illustion of grasable corporeality and, paradoxically, brings the image closer to the viewer. Bigness causes viewers to back away so that they can take in all of a picture. To sum up, Katz and his sitters are cool in their self-projection and so are his representations of them,”

    I. Sandler, Alex Katz A Retrospective, New York, pp. 59 & 80



Oil on canvas.
72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
Signed and dated "Alex Katz 03" on the overlap.

$250,000 - 350,000 

Sold for $266,500

Contemporary Art Part II

8 November 2011
New York