5/01/2006

Alex Katz

27 comments:

Painter said...

Alex Katz: The Sixties
@ Pace Wildenstein
545 West 22nd Street.

cadmiumredlite said...

i like the work from the sixties the best, so fresh, now sometimes seems a caricature of himself and some of the new ones are awful (flowers), but these are good.

Mark said...

Also a fan of the older work however, some of the new landscapes, nightscapes, are beauties.

Cross said...
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zipthwung said...

Nice use of local color

flesheater99 said...

Nice slacks.

Baron von Rashke said...

I used to hate katz's work. But over time my mind has changed. I don't think I ever used to really take in what he was doing. I would just walk right by. I think his work is quite compelling and odd. Very strange stuff.

burrito brother said...

goddamn breeders.

Cross said...

I deleted my post above 'cause the "link" thing didn't work. Still new at this.

ANYway... This '60s bland work by Katz is annoying, especially when I see things like his late '90s stuff which is abstract, but more "there". Check out http://texgal.com/Katz/09.htm for an example of what I mean.

triple diesel said...

Life is so easy? I wish I occupied Alex Katz' leisurely, placid world - with unfettered fields of color and "just-add-black" shadows.

zipthwung said...

1) surface - where there is no over-under-through painting - no scumbling - just side to side admixtures -

2) impressionist where a solid color, say blue, is laid down and then over the top you have the ripples as dabs of paint (monet)

vs impressionist where there is no under color unifying - pointilist poke poke poke or dab dab dab.
- Cezanne works the whole surface.

Each has its own effect or affect.

Katz is an impressionist. Not impressive, just makes you get an impression.

Like Rothko. One two.
More Monet.

no-where-man said...

pop impressionist - Avoiding Boredom perhaps? scale is everything in a AK, will reserve judgement till i see the show.

brian edmonds said...

I saw his recent show at the Richard Gray gallery in Chicago about a month ago. Scale is a major consideration when talking about Katz. His work is simple but does that take away from it? Does everything about to be complex, i.e. chinese math?, for it to warrant consideration? He really is hit or miss though.

imageworship said...

I had a teacher in school who was obsessed with AK but at that time I never really got into his style. I think he is a great painter to look at when you are just learning how to paint because of the reduction and simplicity. This can be informative to seasoned painters as well, of course.

Ursula's Dad said...
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closeuup said...

Do you mean most overrated or greatest overrated?

Most=Halley, Doig
Greatest=Keeefer, Richter

Ursula's Dad said...
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brent hallard said...

Good point! When is it, when does design dress down to nothing but design.
Put it this way 'speaker of signs worrier of skill' like jobs there are good ones and bad ones. No no I wasn't going there. What I was going to say was that if you doubt the power of design, then what dear faith have you? Was it random if your foot's not breaking out of the mouth?

I don't know why the whole name thing is coming up. Can we edit that?

Ursula's Dad said...

Ok, at your request I edited out the things you didn't like.

no-where-man said...

oops i ment "Avoiding Boredom perhaps?" to link some pithy Baudelaire i can't seem to find now...

click 4 link: on how to link
here

no-where-man said...

whole name as in mine being "no-where-man"? if so go to your "dashboard" click on your name under " Blog Name" then on settings.. if my theory is right my name will pop up next with out dashes.

no-where-man said...
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no-where-man said...
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no-where-man said...

.How do I change the name of my blog or its description?

no-where-man said...

for your display name.. go under dashboard>edit your profile>Identity>Display Name
save publish
restart your browser
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cam'ron said...

baldy

cam'ron said...

i only like paintings that are made by dead people