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Alex Katz - Summer Trees
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London
July 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 GBP
Realised: 47.880 GBP
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Alex Katz - Brooke
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First Open | Post-War & Contemporary Art
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 81.900 USD
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Alex Katz - Ada Four Times (M. 117-120)
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 GBP
Realised: 5.670 GBP
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Alex Katz - Coca-Cola Girl 7
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: 16.380 GBP
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Alex Katz - Red Dancer 2
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: 16.380 GBP
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Alex Katz - Sunrise/Sunset
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Alex Katz - Flowers
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 70.000 - 90.000 GBP
Realised: 103.320 GBP
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Alex Katz - Woman in a Hat
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 USD
Realised: 75.600 USD
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Alex Katz - Night 2
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 USD
Realised: 352.800 USD
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Alex Katz - Landscape
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Contemporary Day Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: 75.600 USD
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Alex Katz - Profile of Ada
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Contemporary Day Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 USD
Realised: 113.400 USD
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Alex Katz - Rose
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Contemporary Day Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 USD
Realised: 819.000 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 - Large Birch
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 5.000 - 7.500 USD
Realised: 5.738 USD
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Alex Katz - Untitled, from Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 4.845 USD
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Alex Katz - Christine, from Six Portraits
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 4.463 USD
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Alex Katz - Man with Brown Hat
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 700.000 - 1.000.000 USD
Realised: 756.000 USD
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Alex Katz - Untitled
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session
May 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Realised: 403.200 USD
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Alex Katz - Kristen
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 USD
Realised: 693.000 USD
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Alex Katz - Rackstraw and Pamela
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Contemporary Evening Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 2.000.000 - 3.000.000 USD
Realised: 2.470.000 USD
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Alex Katz - Untitled (Rose)
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21st Century Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, Hong Kong
Est.: 2.000.000 - 3.000.000 HKD
Realised: 1.700.000 HKD
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Alex Katz - East Interior
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Contemporary Evening Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 1.500.000 - 2.000.000 USD
Realised: 2.530.500 USD
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Alex Katz - Chance
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Prints & Multiples
April 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 69.300 USD
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Alex Katz - Day Lilies
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Prints & Multiples
April 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 27.720 USD
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Alex Katz - Kendra (Kenitta) with Clothes
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Contemporary Curated
April 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 25.000 - 30.000 GBP
Realised: 60.480 GBP
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Alex Katz in News and Exhibitions

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

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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