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Alex Katz - Ulla, from Black Dress
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 GBP
Realised: 18.900 GBP
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Alex Katz - Christy, from Black Dress
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 GBP
Realised: 15.120 GBP
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Alex Katz - Oona, from Black Dress
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 GBP
Realised: 25.200 GBP
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Alex Katz - Late Summer Flowers
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Alex Katz - Cow (Large; cutout edition) (S. 437)
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 GBP
Realised: 11.340 GBP
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Alex Katz - Day Lilies (S. 274)
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: 8.820 GBP
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Alex Katz - Blue Hat (S. 382)
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 GBP
Realised: 23.940 GBP
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Alex Katz - White Visor (S. 381)
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 GBP
Realised: 40.320 GBP
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Alex Katz - Vincent
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Prints & Photographs | Bonhams Skinner
January 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 USD
Realised: not available
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Alex Katz - John Ashbery
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Prints & Photographs | Bonhams Skinner
January 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 9.563 USD
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Alex Katz - Song (M. 126, S. 127)
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 GBP
Realised: 6.930 GBP
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Alex Katz - Ursula, from a Suite of Prints Derived from the Painting Lincolnville Labor Day (1992)
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Prints & Multiples | Live Online
January 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 800 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 3.188 USD
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The artist Alex Katz

  • US artist whose work is regarded as modern realism and as a precursor of Pop Art.
  • Known for his large-scale, two-dimensional paintings often with monochrome backgrounds.
  • Best-known paintings: portraits of his wife Ada.

Born on 24 July 1927 in New York City, the painter, sculptor and graphic artist Alex Katz is considered one of the most significant contemporary artists. In 1946, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants studied painting under Morris Kantor at Cooper Union College in New York. In 1949, he completed his studies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Five years later, Katz's first solo exhibition took place at the Roko Gallery (New York), which was considered a failure. At this time he maintained friendly contacts with representatives of figurative painting such as Jane Freilicher, Fairfield Porter and Larry Rivers, as well as with poets such as John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch and James Schuyler.

Although his career began in the midst of the dominant phase of abstract expressionism, his works are considered modern realism. In addition, his work is regarded as a forerunner of Pop Art because of its examination of the culture shaped by mass media.

In addition to their large format, his paintings are primarily characterised by simplified forms and a preoccupation with light reflection, colour intensity and composition, while the background often has a monochrome design. Due to the smooth application of the colours, his paintings appear flat and two-dimensional. His recurring motifs mostly include flowers, landscapes and portraits. The latter often show his wife Ada and are among Katz's best-known works.

Alex Katz's work has been shown in more than 200 solo and around 500 group exhibitions. They are also represented in various collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Whitney Museum (New York), Tate Britain (London) and Museum Brandhorst (Munich). Katz lives and works in both New York and Maine.

Der Künstler Alex Katz

  • US-Künstler, dessen Werk als moderner Realismus und Vorläufer der Pop Art gilt.
  • Bekannt für großformatige, zweidimensionale Gemälde oft mit monochromen Hintergrund.
  • Bekanntesten Gemälde: Porträts seiner Frau Ada.

Der am 24.07.1927 in New York City geborene Maler, Bildhauer und Grafiker Alex Katz gilt als einer der bedeutendsten zeitgenössischen Künstler. 1946 studierte der Sohn russisch-jüdischer Einwanderer unter Morris Kantor Malerei am Cooper Union College in New York. 1949 schloss er ein Studium an der Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine an. Fünf Jahre darauf fand in der Roko Gallery (New York) Katz’ erste Einzelausstellung statt, die als Misserfolg gilt. Zu dieser Zeit pflegte er freundschaftliche Kontakte zu Vertretern und Vertreterinnen der gegenständlichen Malerei wie Jane Freilicher, Fairfield Porter und Larry Rivers sowie zu Dichtern wie John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch und James Schuyler.

Zwar liegt sein Karrierebeginn zeitlich inmitten der dominanten Phase des abstrakten Expressionismus‘, dennoch werden seine Arbeiten dem modernen Realismus zugeordnet. Zudem gilt er mit seiner Arbeit wegen seiner Auseinandersetzung mit der von Massenmedien geprägten Kultur als Vorreiter der Pop-Art.

Seine Gemälde zeichnen sich neben ihrem großen Format vor allem durch simplifizierte Formen und die Beschäftigung mit Lichtreflexion, Farbintensität und -komposition aus, während der Hintergrund oftmals monochrom gestaltet ist. Durch das glatte Auftragen der Farben wirken seine Gemälde flach und zweidimensional. Zu seinen wiederkehrenden Motiven gehören zumeist Blumen, Landschaften und Porträts. Letztere zeigen häufig seine Frau Ada und gehören zu Katz‘ bekanntesten Werken.

Alex Katz‘ Arbeiten wurden in mehr als 200 Einzelausstellungen und rund 500 Gruppenausstellungen gezeigt. Zudem sind sie in diversen Sammlungen vertreten, darunter im Museum of Modern Art (New York), im Whitney Museum (New York), im Tate Britain (London) sowie im Museum Brandhorst (München). Katz‘ wohnt und arbeitet sowohl in New York als auch in Maine.

Alex Katz - Cow (Small)
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Prints and Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 GBP
Realised: 5.100 GBP
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Alex Katz - Jessica
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Prints and Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 GBP
Realised: 6.375 GBP
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Alex Katz - Vincent
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 USD
Realised: not available
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Alex Katz - Bicycle Rider from, New York: Eight Contemporary Artists Celebrate Their City
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A Graphic Century including French Impressions: Prints from Ambroise Vollard and Henri M. Petiet
November 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 6.930 USD
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Alex Katz - Windows
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 180.000 - 250.000 USD
Realised: 189.000 USD
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Alex Katz - Ada Four Times
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A Graphic Century including French Impressions: Prints from Ambroise Vollard and Henri M. Petiet
November 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 6.930 USD
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Alex Katz - Day Lily I
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A Graphic Century including French Impressions: Prints from Ambroise Vollard and Henri M. Petiet
November 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 11.970 USD
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Alex Katz - Ukulele Player
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
November 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Realised: 353.175 USD
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Alex Katz - Ocean 1 (Aus: Ocean Series).
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Prints and Editions | ONLINE ONLY
November 2022
VAN HAM
Est.: 1.500 - 1.500 EUR
Realised: not available
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Alex Katz - Untitled (Rose)
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 250.000 - 350.000 USD
Realised: 907.200 USD
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Alex Katz - Hiroshi
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 USD
Realised: 378.000 USD
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Alex Katz - Unfamiliar Image
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session
November 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 37.800 USD
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Alex Katz in News and Exhibitions

Guggenheim New York, Alex Katz: Gathering

New York's Guggenheim Museum presents an extremely personal retrospective starting October 21. Alex Katz: Gathering brings together works from eight decades by Alex Katz. In his hometown, visitors relive the flow of life that Katz always tried to preserve in images.

October 21, 2022
Alex Katz turns 95

The US American Alex Katz has been considered one of the most important contemporary artists for decades. His turn to reduced figurative painting is considered groundbreaking for Pop Art, his sense for the zeitgeist is extraordinary. Today Katz celebrates his 95th birthday.

July 24, 2022

Alex Katz in News and Exhibitions

Guggenheim New York, Alex Katz: Gathering

Das New Yorker Guggenheim Museum präsentiert ab dem 21. Oktober eine äußerst persönliche Retrospektive. Mit Alex Katz: Gathering versammelt Werke aus acht Jahrzehnten von Alex Katz. In dessen Heimatstadt erleben Besuchende den Fluss des Lebens nach, den Katz stets versuchte in Bildern zu konservieren.

October 21, 2022
Alex Katz wird 95

Der US-Amerikaner Alex Katz gilt seit Jahrzehnten als einer der wichtigsten zeitgenössischen Künstler. Seine Hinwendung zur reduzierten figürlichen Malerei gilt als wegweisend für die Pop Art, sein Gespür für den Zeitgeist ist außergewöhnlich. Heute feiert Katz seinen 95. Geburtstag.

July 24, 2022

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