32 1/2 x 36 in. (82.6 x 91.4 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gift of Lewis Norry and Jill Katz Norry
Location: Not currently on view
Styria Studio, Inc. NYC
Ada and Alex Portfolio
Based on a 1963 painting by Katz.
This print is based on a very large painting from 1962-63 of the same name. Katz's goal was to create a self-portrait that truly did subvert the traditional genre. "I wanted to see if I could paint one that was not narcissistic, that was not soulful or sentimental." His answer was to create a persona that was aloof, without evident emotional or psychological baggage. This resulted in the Stranger, the figure in this image. According to the artist, the title Passing has double meaning. It refers to the momentary experience of seeing a stranger--anonymous, blank--passing in the crowd, as well as Katz's attempt at passing himself off as that Stranger.
[Gallery label text, 2005]