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Turner Contempory opens Alex Katz. Give Me Tomorrow

Turner Contempory in Margate presents Alex Katz. Give Me Tomorrow, an exhibition on view 6 October 2012 – 13 January 2013.

Alex Katz Penobscot 1999, Oil on board © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

Alex Katz (born Brooklyn, New York, 1927) is one of the most important and respected living American artists with a career that spans over six decades. Give Me Tomorrow brings together paintings, oil studies, collages and a rarely exhibited cut-out, spanning the full breadth of Katz’s career from the 1950s to the present.

Katz’s bold paintings are defined by their flatness of colour and form, their economy of line and their cool but seductive emotional detachment. Using categories such as portraiture, land and seascape, figure studies and flowers, many of Katz’s works picture an everyday America in times of leisure and recreation. A recurring subject is Katz’s wife and muse Ada, whose iconic image has appeared in his work since the 1950s.

Influenced as much by style, film, poetry and music as by art history, Katz works in the tradition of European and American artists like Eduard Manet, Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. He began exhibiting in the 1950s, when Abstract Expressionism was the dominant movement in American art led by figures such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Katz admired these artists but rather than follow in their wake, he instead developed a contemporary figurative language combining the enlarged scale of American abstract painting with the bright colours and graphic style of advertising billboards. An influential precursor to Pop Art in the 1960s, Katz has famously said, ‘I wanted to make paintings you could hang up in Times Square’.

Alex Katz is a collaboration with Tate St Ives where the exhibition will be shown from 19 May – 23 September 2012 –