Landscape is one of the main themes in the work of Alex Katz, one of the most unique voices in American art. This exhibition shows the artist's approach to this subject over different phases in his career, and spans from the 1980s to his latest paintings of monumental landscape. These works reveal Katz's mastery over materials as well as the power and clarity of his vision. Loaded with the elegiac poetry of immediacy, his paintings are intended to make us reflect on the convergence of perception and awareness, on the relationship between art and nature, and on the notion of the sublime of the moment. Katz's recent landscapes represent the height of a refined style that embodies the potential of contemporary art to aprehend the greatness of the present. They allude to the condition of being at a time when the incessant flow of images in our lives leads us to often detach ourselves from life's circumstances, from the reality so accurately depicted by Alex Katz.
Exhibition organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
10:30 am, 2006
Oil on linen
365.8 x 487.7 cm
Courtesy of the artist