Texas Gallery is pleased to announce the second exhibition at the gallery by the artist Alex Katz. Well-known for his elegant and spare paintings of the people and places around him, Alex Katz, born in 1927 and who lives and works in New York and Maine, was recognized in the 50s as an influential American painter, often called a pre-cursor of Pop Art. It has been evident that Katz continued the tradition of American modernist realism as well, but expanded the vocabulary through scale and economy of representation. More recently, Katz has received critical recognition as a major influence for a younger generation of American and European painters. It is not just the paintings of earlier decades that inspire this following but the paintings of recent years that demonstrate a master at work full force with paintings that constantly push the boundaries of the balance between painterly abstraction and clean, minimal representation.
The paintings in the show at the Texas Gallery span the last five years and are a concentration of landscapes – a subject that has been and is now a preoccupation of the artist, and which is the focus of two exhibitions: Alex Katz: American Landscapes organized by the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany (1995) and Alex Katz Under the Stars: American Landscapes 1951-1995, Institute of Contemporary Art/P.S. 1, New York (1996). The work in the show includes incredibly large paintings as well as small studies. To Katz scale is of utmost importance in the creation and ultimate effect of a work. He has said that he is “very careful about size…The nature of the painting will determine where it will go.” Further, regarding the landscapes specifically, Katz says “My paintings are aesthetically different from conventional landscapes; they are environmental. There’s a minimum of recessive space in them. They are mostly light. You look at one, and you float inside of it.”
The exhibition is on view until April 8, 2006. Gallery hours are 10 -5, Tuesday -Saturday and by appointment. For further information contact Nancy Douthey.