An Evening with Alex Katz

An Evening with Alex Katz

2014 Bernard Osher Lecture Series

Alex Katz, 2004. Photo by Vivien Bittencourt

Join us for a rare evening with Alex Katz, one of America’s foremost painters. Katz is best known for his bold portraits of his family and friends, as well as images of Central Maine. Over his long and productive career, Katz has consistently depicted his subjects with a recognizably cool, detached style; his oftentimes large-scale paintings convey elegance through their crisp forms and palette. Katz was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927, and studied at Cooper Union. In 1949, he received a scholarship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, which initiated his lifelong attachment to Maine. Katz divides his time between New York and Lincolnville, Maine. The PMA has a number of paintings by Katz on view, and in 2013 the museum acquired its first painting by Katz for the permanent collection, the 1965 work, Ada and Neil (Study for Lawn Party).

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