Works by ‘ubiquitous’ international artist to be showcased at Yale School of Art

Alex Katz's "Twelve Hours," 1984. (Photograph by Paul Takeuchi)

“Katz x Katz” — a celebration of acclaimed artist Alex Katz’s six-decade-long career — will open at the Yale School of Art this month.

An overview of the artist’s career as a painter, draftsman, and printmaker, the exhibition features 70 pieces from the artist’s personal collection, including examples of Katz’s signature mural-like canvases, oil sketches, working drawings, collages, prints, and cut-outs.

Alex Katz's "4 PM (former Yellow Interior)," 1959. Described by the organizers as one of the most ubiquitous American artists in the international art world today, Katz has had more than 200 solo exhibitions and has been represented in nearly 500 group shows internationally. “Katz x Katz” will “illuminate Katz’s unique and important place in postwar American art,” note the organizers.

The exhibition is organized in a mosaic-like presentation, with clusters of work of different types from different periods. Among the 70 items on view are early works from the 1950s, including a self-portrait and a view of Katz’s native St. Albans, Queens. Also on view are paintings and drawings made while he was studying at the Skowhegan School of Paintings and Sculpture, SoHo cityscapes, silhouette-like polychrome sculptures, and portraits of other artists and poet friends.

“At 85, Alex Katz is, arguably, the freshest and most active of the New York School ‘Old Masters,’” says Robert Storr, dean of the School of Art and curator of the exhibition. “The generous loan of these works from his personal collection embodies ‘Kréme de la Kréme Katz,’ while serving as a master class in unforgettable image-making.”

Alex Katz's "SoHo Morning, 1987." (Photograph by Paul Takeuchi)The show will be on display Jan. 14-March 10 at the School of Art’s 32 Edgewood Gallery. For more information, including hours and directions, visit the School of Art’s website.