Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Katz's Maine

Luna Park, 1973

Homage to Monet, 2009
Althought he's primarily known for his large scale portraiture, artist Alex Katz's landscapes always blow me away. After summering in Maine for the past fifty years, Katz's billboard-sized images of lakes never rang more true to me than seeing them at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. I couldn't help but juxtapose James' photographs of Maine with Katz's paintings. By capturing the light and color of dusk, Katz was able to convey the essence of the landscape, not unlike the impressionists who often painted the same image at different times of the day. Katz references Monet in particular, by combining his appropriation of the Waterlillies series with the Maine landscape Katz so clearly loves. Like Monet, these more recent works walk the line between abstract and figurative, using the landscape as a springboard for exploring color and shape.

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