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Alex Katz

Black Pond, 1989

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Woodcut on Goya paper,
11 3/8 x 18 1/8” (32.5 x 48.5 cm),
printed by John C. Erickson, New York,
Ed. 100/XX, signed and numbered

Artificial nature. A deft exercise in Katz’s ongoing exploration of pictorial flatness and poetic symmetry, this stylized woodcut on the most delicate of papers is a quiet moment of reflection from a preternatural world.


“Alex Katz practices a very particular kind of society portraiture. His paintings may resemble billboards, or they may adopt the more intimate scale of the painted sketch, but they are always… portraits in an extended sense—slices of life ennobled by a deadpan iconic American eye.” Brooks Adams Parkett No. 21, 1989