The 1950s saw American artist Alex Katz (b. 1927) take up and master painting directly from nature, lay claim to Abstract Expressionism’s size and scale on behalf of figurative painting, and innovate with collages and cutouts. It was a decade in which he looked to the portraiture of Édouard Manet for lessons in the relationship between figure and ground, and the one in which he met Ada, his most enduring model. Given the overwhelming popularity of painterly abstraction, this was also a period when he destroyed hundreds of canvases, and those that survived had little to no audience. This major exhibition will introduce audiences to an overlooked body of work and consider it within the context of the aesthetic commitments of the decade. Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s features sixty-five paintings, cutouts, and collages, including many on loan from the artist and major public and private collections.
Details about the exhibition tour coming soon.
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Community DayJuly 12, 2015 Noon
Join the Museum in celebrating the opening of our summer exhibitions, Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s; An Artist’s Gift: Acquisitions from the Alex Katz Foundation; and Paper Trail: Contemporary Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from the Collection. Throughout the day there will be art-making activities, a scavenger hunt, curator tours of the new exhibitions, free ice...
Noontime Art Talk: Humanity and Abstraction in Alex KatzSeptember 09, 2015 Noon
Artist Kathy Bradford will offer a painter’s perspective on how Alex Katz interprets portraiture with broad fields of color and unexpected abstract shapes.
An Art Book Series Event: Brand-New & Terrific | Alex Katz, Phong Bui, Elizabeth Peyton, Diana TuiteSeptember 16, 2015 6:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s, the New York Public Library will host artist Alex Katz alongside Katz Curator, Diana Tuite, curator, artist, and writer Phong Bui, and artist Elizabeth Peyton for a special discussion on the breathtaking exhibition and catalog which introduces audiences to a relatively unknown body of his work....
Fall Open HouseSeptember 24, 2015 6:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome to attend an opening reception and celebration of the Museum’s fall exhibitions, with food, art making, music, and an introduction to the exhibitions by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy director and chief curator.
Noontime Art Talk: Conversation with Nicola Twilley and Geoff ManaughSeptember 30, 2015 Noon
A conversation about art, food, and architecture with Brooklyn-based writers, curators, and bloggers Nicola Twilley and Geoff Manaugh and Katz Curator Diana Tuite.
Full event calendar >
Exhibition review: Geoff Edgers, Alex Katz at 88: Portrait of the artist unable to slow down, The Washington Post, July 2015
Exhibition review: Sebastian Smee, Alex Katz’s sweet spot: the hue of the ‘Brand-New’, The Boston Globe, July 2015
Exhibition review: Phyllis Tuchman, ‘LIKE FEELING LUST FOR THE FIRST TIME’: COLBY COLLEGE PRESENTS THE YOUNG ALEX KATZ, ARTNEWS, July 2015
Exhibition review: Colby College Museum of Art presents first survey of early works by Alex Katz, Artdaily.org, July 2015
Exhibition review: Colby College Museum Of Art To Present Survey Of Early Work By Alex Katz, Antiques And The Arts Weekly, July 2015
Artist interview: Alex Katz on Faces, Flowers, and Saying No to AbEx “He-Man” Painting, Artsy, July 2015
Artist feature: Melissa Feldman, Cool Katz, Cultured Magazine, Summer 2015
Exhibition review: Kelsey Miranda, Colby College Museum of Art Shows the Early Years of Alex Katz, Whitewall Magazine, June 2015
Exhibition review: Lilly Wei, In the Studio: Painting in the Present Tense, Art + Auction, June 2015
Exhibition review: Peter Terzian, What’s Next: Life Studies, Elle Decor, June
Exhibition review: Sarah E. Fensom, Object Matter and Environment, Art & Antiques, June 2015
Press release: Brand-New and Terrific Press Release
Celebrating an experimental decade in the career of Alex Katz, this book introduces audiences to a relatively unknown body of his work.