High Museum of Art to Feature Recent Gifts of Contemporary Art from Artist Alex Katz
Atlanta, GA, May 21, 2014 –The High Museum of Art will present more than 20 works of contemporary art from the Museum’s growing permanent collection in “Painter’s Painters: Gifts from Alex Katz,” on view from June 14 through Nov. 2, 2014. The featured works were given to the High over the course of the past three years by American artist Alex Katz and the Alex Katz Foundation.
Katz (born Brooklyn, N.Y., 1927) is an internationally acclaimed American artist whose work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group exhibitions since 1951. Considered one of the most influential artists of any generation, Katz is well-known for his large-scale portraits and landscapes, both of which are represented in the exhibition. Katz’s “Wrecks 2” (1975) and “Portrait of Sylvia Stone” (1965) are currently on view in the High’s permanent collection galleries and will be featured in the show.
The exhibition will feature eight works by Katz himself, including four paintings and a group of chalk and charcoal cartoons that he originally produced as 1:1 scaled drawings, which were later transferred to canvas as compositions for large paintings.
Katz’s works will be presented alongside paintings by a multi-generational and internationally recognized selection of contemporary artists including Ronald Bladen, Jan De Vliegher, Christopher Deeton, Martha Diamond, Juan Eduardo Gomez, Josephine Halvorson, Nabil Nahas, Laura Owens, Joyce Pensato, Rob Pruitt, Wilhelm Sasnal, Spencer Sweeney and Charline von Heyl. All but three of these works are on view for the first time at the High in this exhibition.
In 2004, Katz founded the Alex Katz Foundation, through which he has donated hundreds of works by influential contemporary artists to museums in the United States and Europe over the past decade. To date, Katz and his Foundation have donated 34 works to the High, which include 22 works by Katz.
“We are so grateful to Alex for the tremendous generosity he has shown us through these important gifts,” said Michael Rooks, Wieland Family curator of modern and contemporary art at the High. “Alex’s commitment to supporting his peers is truly inspiring, and we are delighted to share the extraordinary works he has donated to the Museum in this exhibition. We also look forward to working with Alex in mounting a major solo exhibition of his work in 2015 titled ‘Alex Katz, This Is Now.’”
Key works in the exhibition will include:
- “Blue Flags,” Alex Katz, 1967 – An important early flower painting by the artist
- “Untitled,” Laura Owens, 2013 – Recent grand-scale painting by the influential California-based artist from her exhibition “12 Paintings by Laura Owens”
- “Daisy,” Joyce Pensato, 2007 – Iconic post-pop painting by Pensato based on the cartoon character Daisy Duck
- “Untitled,” Rob Pruitt, 2013 – From Pruitt’s ongoing series of paintings based on animals and animal skins
About the High Museum of Art
The High is the leading art museum in the southeastern U.S. With more than 14,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, folk art and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists. For more information about the High, visit high.org.
About The Woodruff Arts Center
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