- The Serpentine Gallery organizes a major solo show of Alex Katz
Tags: Alex Katz / Serpentine Gallery / Melissa Blanchflower / Joseph Constable
From June 2nd to September 11th 2016, the Serpentine Gallery presents Alex Katz: Quick Light, an exhibition that will bring together Alex Katz’s (New York, 1927) extraordinarily productive output of recent years alongside works from across his career focusing his landscapes, paintings that respond and relate to the unique context of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The exhibition will also include a recent series of portraits and expand beyond the walls of the gallery into the park with a new cut-out sculpture.
Coming of age as an artist in 1950s New York, Alex Katz developed his unique approach to contemporary representational painting during the height of Abstract Expressionism. Over the five and a half decades since his first exhibition in 1954, the artist has produced a celebrated body of work, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints. Establishing himself as a pre-eminent painter of modern life, he was influenced by films, billboard advertising, music, poetry and his close circle of friends and family. His portraits and landscapes are characterised by their flatness of colour and fluidity of line, reinventing both genres within the context of abstract painting and contemporary image-making.
Serpentine Gallery will organize two parallel events within the context of the show: one tour leaded by assistant curator Joseph Constable, on June 25th, and one by curator Melissa Blanchflower, on September 10th.
For more information, please visit the Serpentine’s website.