Alex Katz Quick Lightat Serpentine Galleries,
London

London,
2 June – 11 September, 2016

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Alex Katz; Reflection 7, 2008; © Alex Katz, DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2016;
Photograph: Paul Takeuchi

 

The Serpentine presents the work of American painter Alex Katz, who developed his unique approach to contemporary representational painting during the height of abstract Expressionism. Since his first exhibition in 1954, Katz has produced a celebrated body of work, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints. His creative process was influenced by films, billboard advertising, music, poetry and his close circle of friends and family.
Landscapes and portraits are marked by flatness of color and fluidity of line. The exhibition focuses on landscapes comparing past and recent artworks. The artist describes  his paintings as ‘environmental’ in the way in which they envelop the viewer.

 

IT’S THE INSTANTANEOUS LIGHT. IF YOU GET IT RIGHT THEN YOU GET IT IN THE TOTAL PRESENT TENSE – THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE GOING FOR, THAT’S ETERNITY.”- ALEX KATZ

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Alex Katz: Black Brook 18, 2014 © Alex Katz, DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2016;
Photograph: Paul Takeuchi