Serpentine Galleries is exhibiting a collection of artists Alex Katz (born July 24, 1927) is an American  figurative artist. In particular, he is known for his painting ,  sculptures, and prints and is represented by numerous galleries internationally.

Katz achieved great public prominence in the 1980s. He is well known for his large paintings, whose bold simplicity and heightened colours are now seen as precursors to Pop Art.

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Exhibition

Since 1951, Alex Katz’s work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Katz’ first one-person show was an exhibition of paintings at the Roko Gallery in New York in 1954. In 1974 the Whitney Museum of American Art showed Alex Katz Prints, followed by a traveling retrospective exhibition of paintings and cutouts titled Alex Katz in 1986. The subject of over 200 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group shows internationally, Katz has since been honoured with numerous retrospectives at museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Jewish Museum,  New York; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Colby College  Museum of Art , Maine; Staaliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga and the Saatchi Gallery, London (1998). In 1998, a survey of Katz’ landscape paintings was shown at the  P.S Contemporary Art Center, featuring nearly 40 pared-down paintings of urban or pastoral motifs.

Katz is represented by  Gavin Brown’ Enterprise in New York, Timothy Taylor Gallery in London, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris/Salzburg. Before showing with Brown, he had been represented by Pace Gallery for 10 years and by Marlborough Gallery for 30 years

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Printmaking

In 1965, Katz also embarked on a prolific career in printmarking. Katz would go on to produce many editions in lithography, etching, silkscreen, woodcut and linoleum cut, producing over 400 print editions in his lifetime. The Albertina, Vienna, and the Museum of Fine arts in Boston, hold complete collections of Katz print oeuvre. A print catalogue raisonne is due for release by the Albertina in the fall of 2011.

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Here are some of this painting and the impression of the public.

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