Sunday, January 14, 2007

Alex Katz exhibition at Jewish Museum


Check out the Alex Katz exhibition containing pictures of his wife and muse Ada. This exhibition at the Jewish Museum runs through March 18th.

http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/site/pages/onlinex.php?id=136&live_stat=katz


Among some really incredible paintings look for "The Black Dress, 1960"
a picture that contains a portrait of poet James Schuyler along with six of Ada. Schuyler who was the subject of my artist's book "That Various Field" was a friend of Katz. Part of the same 1950's New York artistic circle, Katz was also friendly with the painter Fairfield Porter who's painting shares a similar sensibility in regards to subject matter and compisition despite strong formal differences. Schuyler who lived with Fairfield Porter and his family for 12 years, was close to Katz' son Vincent who grew up to be a poet in his own right, recently publishing a translation of the roman poet Sextus Propertius to great aclaim (http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Elegies-Propertius-Lockert-Translation/dp/0691115826/sr=8-26/qid=1168811034/ref=sr_1_26/105-4639864-4222030?ie=UTF8&s=books)

If you like Katz' art I highly recommend the newly published Phaidon monograph Alex Katz. The cover is of Ada in a swim cap and is a highlight of the Jewish Museum's exhibition. http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Contemporary-Artists-Carter-Ratcliffe/dp/0714844071/sr=8-1/qid=1168811839/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-4639864-4222030?ie=UTF8&s=books

1 comment:

Mark said...

In regards to the book, what exactly did it highlight? Did it show his work or was it more a biography on him? I only ask this because I'm looking into buying it, but I would have to order it online and can't get a very good preview of it! If you could let me know that would be great!