Alex Katz turns 95

A life for painting

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

Recent auction results of Alex Katz

Alex Katz - Summer Trees
Auction
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
Auction
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
Auction
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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In 1954, Alex Katz's first solo exhibition took place at the Roko Gallery in New York − almost 70 years ago now. At that time, Katz turned away from Abstract Expressionism and was one of the first artists of his generation to revive figurative painting. Katz's reduced formal language and his monochrome backgrounds, in front of which he portrayed his wife Ada and friends, exerted a great influence on Pop Art. In the 1960s, the painter, who was born in Brooklyn in 1927, was increasingly inspired by films and advertising to create large-format paintings, lithographs and woodcuts. The fashion world and landscapes continued to influence his work in the 1980s and 1990s, with which he demonstrated his great sense of zeitgeist. In recent years, his collages of printed photographs, previously taken with an iPhone, have attracted attention. A great artist who has witnessed radical changes in recent decades and still makes relevant statements today celebrates his 95th birthday today, 24 July.

Since his first solo exhibition, he has had over 250 group exhibitions in addition to almost 500. Currently, his works are on display in Alex Katz. The Sweet Life at MART in Rovereto, Italy, and in the Alex Katz Retrospective at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. From October, another major retrospective will be held at the Guggenheim in New York, running until February 2023.Art.Salon

One of Katz's top prices

Alex Katz

Blue Umbrella I

Found at Phillips, London Auction
20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Lot 14
2. Oct - 2. Oct 2019
Estimate: 800.000 - 1.200.000 GBP
Price realised: 3.375.000 GBP
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