Whether you know it or not, you’ve seen the artwork of Alex Katz. His prints combine bold colors and in-your-face imagery. They can be as big as billboards and as intimate as a portrait. He was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, but has built a vocabulary that is distinctly his own and distinctly American. Landscapes of Maine, scenes from New York cocktail parties, and ongoing portraits of his muse and wife Ada, Katz’s flat and close-cropped style is influenced by movies and fashion, by urban and rural themes. It’s Mad Men meets an “unapologetic sense of beauty” – as Sebastian Smee wrote in the Boston Globe.
His work is now on view at the MFA through July 29. (Below, "The Green Cap" by Alex Katz.)
Alex Katz, American artist known for his sculptures, painters, and prints
Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize winning art critic for The Boston Globe