Monday, April 20, 2009

Alex Katz: Fifteen Minutes

I've been following Alex Katz's career ever since the 80's, gravitating to his large scale, graphic portraiture. It's the kind of work people enjoy living with. It's for that reason, I often think of Katz's paintings more often in the homes of personal collections than in museums, kind of like having a billboard in your loft. This coming Friday, Katz's new exhibition Fifteen Minutes at PaceWildenstein Gallery in Chelsea opens, featuring some of his lesser-known, large scale twilight landscapes: silhouetted trees along the lakes of Maine, Soho buildings at sunset, which have appeared and reappeared throughout his career either paintings or lithographs. These images catch those last 15 minutes of shimmering light, and if the role of art is meant to raise awareness of the world around us, I can't think of a better tribute to Earth Day than to look at such a perfect moment captured. The show runs until June 11th, coinciding with several exhibitions of Katz's work throughout Europe. Save yourself the flight and head into the city, and let me know what you think.

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