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    Alex Katz emerged in the 1950s as a figurative painter in an age of abstraction, challenging critics who shunned imagery in art, especially the figure. While rejecting Abstract Expressionism’s abandonment of imagery, Katz embraced its energy and formal logic. Although best known for his portraits, Katz has painted landscapes both inside the studio and in the out-of-doors since the beginning of his career.

    Katz described his goal as the pursuit of capturing "quick things passing" in his work. Katz's monumental landscape paintings are executed in what is now considered a signature style characterized by flattened planes of color, shallow pictorial space, and lean, reductive but acutely descriptive lines. In them, Katz seeks to convey the appearance of things as they are both felt and perceived in the "present tense," the now.

    Organization and Support
    This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

    Support for this exhibition is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Margaret and Terry Stent, Barbara and Sanford Orkin, Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot, Richard Gray Gallery, Karen Schwartz and John Paddock, Paula and Peter Lunder, Judy and Arnie Rubenstein, and Diane Wisebram and Edward Jewell.

    In-kind support for the exhibition catalogue is provided by

    Alex Katz, This Is Now - Exhibition Catalogue

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