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Alex Katz
at Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Recommendation by Jeannie R. Lee


Alex Katz, 'Sunset 2,' 2006, oil on board, 9 x 12', at Greenfield Sacks Gallery. © Alex Katz, licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Continuing through April 24, 2010

It is a pleasure to see these landscapes and smaller works by Alex Katz, who is largely known for his portraits. They are imbued with the same stillness and inquiry into form and color found in his more familiar works. While not entirely escaping representation, the daubs of paint and etched lines are looser - and call more attention to themselves as materials per se. In "Daytona Beach (1-5)" (1996) a simple painted gesture progresses through a series of five aquatints of deepening hues. The first two plates are repeated, creating a moment of pause, before the brushstroke begins to increase in force, capturing the swelling intensity of an Atlantic wave.

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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