Sweat Shirt II
36 x 28 3/4 in. (91.4 x 73 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 1986 painting by Katz.
Alex Katz seeks "self-indulgence in a big art form, rather than self-indulgence in personal feelings." He calls his approach to art a "high style" one that is impersonal, grand, sophisticated, and representative of a specific moment in time, yet timeless. Katz delights in the appearance of faces and bodies divested of meaning or content. He strives to create images that are open to multiple interpretations rather than restricting viewers to a single response or understanding of his work.
Katz's style, or his use of the formal elements of light, color, and scale, is as much the subject of his portraits as are the sitters. His flat, broad areas of color and compressed spaces cause the viewer's eyes to skim over the surfaces of these portraits, never to penetrate in search of an interior life. Katz wants the viewer to experience and value the act of seeing without getting caught up in a search for meaning, as he has stated, "I can't think of anything more exciting than the surface of things. Just appearance."
[Gallery label text, 2005]