Alex Katz • American: B: 1927
Polka Dot Blouse • Serigraph on Paper 30” x 22”
Even on a seven-hour drive, Alex Katz won’t put his sports car in cruise control. He can’t take his foot off the gas. Such has been the life of the 92-year-old Energizer Bunny. It’s why he still drives from SoHo to Maine every summer to paint landscapes. Despite being an all-star, he still works like a rookie trying to make the team.
As he drives up I-95 gazing out at the Atlantic Ocean, his mind begins to wander. He remembers his brother looking into his room as a child in Queens. “Mom, why is Alex painting the backs of heads?” His mother’s response: “Everyone else is painting faces. You know Alex, he always has to be ahead of everybody.” Katz’s mother understood how her son’s brain worked. It took the art world a bit longer. But, his desire to zig when others zagged is what has kept him on the road all these years.
Following his studies at the Cooper Union in New York and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Katz entered into a universe dominated by abstract expressionists. He decided to swerve. It’s not in his DNA to go the same route as everyone else. “I always want to do something new. It’s instinctive for me.”
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