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Colby College Museum of Art opens Alex Katz exhibition

Colby College Museum of Art presents Alex Katz. Maine/New York an exhibition focusing on the themes of the city and the country in Katz’s work from the 1950s to the present. On view July 14 through Dec. 30, 2012.

Drawn from the Colby Museum’s collection and loans, Alex Katz: Maine/New York is curated by the New York poet and critic Carter Ratcliff, an expert on Katz’s work. The exhibition will include 28 paintings and one multipart sculpture and will be accompanied by a catalog published by Charta and the Colby College Museum of Art.

In Alex Katz: Maine/New York, the viewer will be immersed in the haze of a city afternoon, the flickering green light of a rural path, the glare of a fashionable event, the dusk as it descends on a pond in the Maine woods. At every step are encounters with the remarkable people who populate Katz’s paintings. Members of his family, friends, and others who might be described as iconic figures represent the large themes that shape this artist’s world – night and day, city and countryside.

A special installation of the Colby Museum’s permanent collection, selected and arranged by the artist, will complement the exhibition. This exhibition, Interior Visions: Selections from the Collection, will be on view from July 14 through Oct. 7, 2012 and is the third installment of the Rediscoveries exhibition series. Rediscoveries invites members of the Colby community to offer new perspectives on the permanent collection. Interior Visions will be accompanied by a catalog featuring an introductory essay by critic Sanford Schwartz and poems by John Godfrey and Jim Brodey.

The Colby College Museum of Art is free and open to the public. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday. –

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