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Alex Katz

Portraits

March 12 – May 8, 2021

Installation Views Thumbnails
Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. 

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Margit Smiles, 1994, color aquatint, edition of 40

Margit Smiles, 1994

color aquatint, edition of 40

47 1/2 x 34 1/2 in. / 120.7 x 87.6 cm

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Blue Coat, 1993, color aquatint, HC

Blue Coat, 1993

color aquatint, HC

37 x 24 in. / 94 x 61 cm

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Brisk Day I, 1990, color aquatint, ed. 2 TP

Brisk Day I, 1990

color aquatint, ed. 2 TP

36 1/2 x 29 3/4 in. / 92.7 x 75.6 cm

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Brisk Day II, 1990, color silkscreen, edition of 150

Brisk Day II, 1990

color silkscreen, edition of 150

36 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. / 92.1 x 74.9 cm

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Brisk Day III, 1990, color silkscreen, edition of 150

Brisk Day III, 1990

color silkscreen, edition of 150

36 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. / 92.1 x 74.9 cm

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Night: William Dunas Dance No. 1, 1983, color lithograph, edition of 100

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 1, 1983

color lithograph, edition of 100

25 x 31 1/4 in. / 63.5 x 79.4 cm

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Night: William Dunas Dance No. 2, 1983, color lithograph, edition of 100

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 2, 1983

color lithograph, edition of 100

25 x 31 1/4 in. / 63.5 x 79.4 cm

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Night: William Dunas Dance No. 3, 1983, color lithograph, edition of 100

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 3, 1983

color lithograph, edition of 100

25 x 31 1/4 in. / 63.5 x 79.4 cm

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Night: William Dunas Dance No. 4, 1983, color lithograph, edition of 100

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 4, 1983

color lithograph, edition of 100

25 x 31 1/4 in. / 63.5 x 79.4 cm

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Ada Four Times #1, 1979-1980, color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

Ada Four Times #1, 1979-1980

color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

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Ada Four Times #2, 1979-1980, color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

Ada Four Times #2, 1979-1980

color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

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Ada Four Times #3, 1979-1980, color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

Ada Four Times #3, 1979-1980

color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

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Ada Four Times #4, 1979-1980, color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

Ada Four Times #4, 1979-1980

color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

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Grey Pamela, 1977, lithograph, edition of 30

Grey Pamela, 1977

lithograph, edition of 30

28 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. / 72.4 x 54.6 cm

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Caroline, 1977, lithograph, edition of 60

Caroline, 1977

lithograph, edition of 60

27 x 21 in. / 68.6 x 53.3 cm

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Boy with Branch I, 1975, color aquatint, edition of 90

Boy with Branch I, 1975

color aquatint, edition of 90

24 1/4 x 40 1/2 in. / 61.6 x 102.9 cm

 

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Profile of Vincent, 1974, drypoint, edition of 62

Profile of Vincent, 1974

drypoint, edition of 62

15 x 22 in. / 38.1 x 55.9 cm

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Sunny, 1974, aquatint/drypoint, edition of 52

Sunny, 1974

aquatint/drypoint, edition of 52

15 x 22 3/8 in. / 38.1 x 56.8 cm

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Vincent With Open Mouth, 1974, drypoint, edition of 58

Vincent With Open Mouth, 1974

drypoint, edition of 58

15 x 22 1/4 in. / 38.1 x 56.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Fran, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Fran, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Harmony, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Harmony, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Judy, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Judy, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: June, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: June, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Kasha, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Kasha, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Mary, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Mary, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Nancy, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Nancy, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Naomi, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Naomi, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Roxanne, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Roxanne, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Thalia, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Thalia, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Timmie, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Timmie, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

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June Ekman's Class: Yvonne, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Yvonne, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

Inquire
Margit Smiles, 1994, color aquatint, edition of 40

Margit Smiles, 1994

color aquatint, edition of 40

47 1/2 x 34 1/2 in. / 120.7 x 87.6 cm

Blue Coat, 1993, color aquatint, HC

Blue Coat, 1993

color aquatint, HC

37 x 24 in. / 94 x 61 cm

Brisk Day I, 1990, color aquatint, ed. 2 TP

Brisk Day I, 1990

color aquatint, ed. 2 TP

36 1/2 x 29 3/4 in. / 92.7 x 75.6 cm

Brisk Day II, 1990, color silkscreen, edition of 150

Brisk Day II, 1990

color silkscreen, edition of 150

36 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. / 92.1 x 74.9 cm

Brisk Day III, 1990, color silkscreen, edition of 150

Brisk Day III, 1990

color silkscreen, edition of 150

36 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. / 92.1 x 74.9 cm

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 1, 1983, color lithograph, edition of 100

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 1, 1983

color lithograph, edition of 100

25 x 31 1/4 in. / 63.5 x 79.4 cm

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 2, 1983, color lithograph, edition of 100

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 2, 1983

color lithograph, edition of 100

25 x 31 1/4 in. / 63.5 x 79.4 cm

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 3, 1983, color lithograph, edition of 100

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 3, 1983

color lithograph, edition of 100

25 x 31 1/4 in. / 63.5 x 79.4 cm

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 4, 1983, color lithograph, edition of 100

Night: William Dunas Dance No. 4, 1983

color lithograph, edition of 100

25 x 31 1/4 in. / 63.5 x 79.4 cm

Ada Four Times #1, 1979-1980, color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

Ada Four Times #1, 1979-1980

color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

Ada Four Times #2, 1979-1980, color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

Ada Four Times #2, 1979-1980

color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

Ada Four Times #3, 1979-1980, color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

Ada Four Times #3, 1979-1980

color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

Ada Four Times #4, 1979-1980, color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

Ada Four Times #4, 1979-1980

color silkscreen with lithograph, edition of 120

30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

Grey Pamela, 1977, lithograph, edition of 30

Grey Pamela, 1977

lithograph, edition of 30

28 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. / 72.4 x 54.6 cm

Caroline, 1977, lithograph, edition of 60

Caroline, 1977

lithograph, edition of 60

27 x 21 in. / 68.6 x 53.3 cm

Boy with Branch I, 1975, color aquatint, edition of 90

Boy with Branch I, 1975

color aquatint, edition of 90

24 1/4 x 40 1/2 in. / 61.6 x 102.9 cm

 

Profile of Vincent, 1974, drypoint, edition of 62

Profile of Vincent, 1974

drypoint, edition of 62

15 x 22 in. / 38.1 x 55.9 cm

Sunny, 1974, aquatint/drypoint, edition of 52

Sunny, 1974

aquatint/drypoint, edition of 52

15 x 22 3/8 in. / 38.1 x 56.8 cm

Vincent With Open Mouth, 1974, drypoint, edition of 58

Vincent With Open Mouth, 1974

drypoint, edition of 58

15 x 22 1/4 in. / 38.1 x 56.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Fran, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Fran, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Harmony, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Harmony, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Judy, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Judy, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: June, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: June, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Kasha, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Kasha, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Mary, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Mary, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Nancy, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Nancy, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Naomi, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Naomi, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Roxanne, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Roxanne, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Thalia, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Thalia, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Timmie, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Timmie, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

June Ekman's Class: Yvonne, 1972, aquatint, edition of 50

June Ekman's Class: Yvonne, 1972

aquatint, edition of 50

11 1/8 x 15 in. / 28.3 x 38.1 cm

Alex Katz, Brisk Day II, 1990.
© Alex Katz, Member of Artists Rights Society (ARS).
 

Alex Katz, Brisk Day II, 1990.
© Alex Katz, Member of Artists Rights Society (ARS).
 

Press Release

The Directors of Marlborough Gallery are pleased to present Alex Katz: Portraits, an exhibition of 31 iconic prints from the legendary New York native who pioneered the reinterpretation of figurative subject matter utilizing a sophisticated, modern approach. The exhibition will open on Friday, March 12, 2021, and will remain on view through Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Alex Katz (b. 1927), a leading figure in the Pop Art movement, first began experimenting with printmaking in 1947 while he was at The Cooper Union in Manhattan, where he received a BA in 1949. Though the artist moved away from printmaking for nearly a decade, Katz returned to the medium in the mid-1960s with vigor. Utilizing a wide variety of printmaking techniques, Katz has created more than 400 editions of lithographs, etchings, silkscreens, woodcuts, and linoleum cuts. Most often, Katz’s prints are reworkings of his paintings, as printmaking serves as a vessel to play with elements of color, shape, and form, creating works that deviate from their original.

Inspired by the grandiosity of the Abstract Expressionists, Katz was the first of his era to paint large-scale representational works. This new realism relied on the tradition established by painters like Courbet and Manet with The Stonebreakers and Olympia, respectively. Katz’s insistence on flatness distinguishes him from the other New York School painters, as this extreme pictorial flatness breaks from an illusionistic representation without veering too far into abstraction.

This exhibition hones in on the subject that exists at the crux of Katz’s oeuvre: portraiture. Through his portraits, Katz creates a vehicle for his subjects to exist as iconography for contemporary life, pulling inspiration from characters in his milieu. Figures such as Ada, Vincent, and Sunny become instantly recognizable, as they are elevated to celebrity-like status through Katz’s repeated representation on “billboard” paintings. Katz identified the biggest challenge of portraiture as being its ability to instinctually capture the essence of his subject, stating in an interview, “Strangely enough, if you don’t have a good likeness you don’t have a good picture.”

Alex Katz's work can be found in over 100 public collections worldwide, and has been in over 250 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group exhibitions internationally since 1951. Katz will be the subject of a major retrospective opening in 2022 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
 

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