Brand-new & Terrific

Brand-new & Terrific

Alex Katz in the 1950s

Book - 2015
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Coming of age as an artist in the 1950s, Alex Katz set out to reinvent representational painting by applying lessons learned from postwar abstraction. Initially, he struggled to find an audience, destroying hundreds of canvases. This book is the first survey of the artwork from this momentous decade, one in which Katz began to paint outdoors, innovated with collages, invented the cutout, and met Ada del Moro, his wife and muse. The authors consider how he and his peers borrowed from one another, leaning on photography and mining both nineteenth-century portraiture and other creative arts, and examine his conceptual investment in serial imagery. The result is a fascinating study of a young artist laying the groundwork for an astonishingly successful career, and a fresh look at the aesthetic exchanges among painters in and around the New York School.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Colby College Museum of Art, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9783791354354
Branch Call Number: 759.13 K1591B 2015
Characteristics: 207 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Alternative Title: Brand-new and terrific


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stewaroby Mar 18, 2016

A fascinating story of perseverance in the face of some adversity. Katz's work is singularly beautiful and his story is well told.


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