Thursday, July 24, 2014

Alex Katz



































[Alex Katz -  Allen Ginsberg 1 [study], 1985. Oil on board. 20 x 16 inches.]


The American artist, Alex Katz turns 87 today - 87 years young - Happy Birthday, Alex.
From an interview with Alex Katz by Richard Prince - for Journal of Contemporary Art Richard Prince: What are some of the things in your life that you saw or heard or came on and you thought, "Yeah, now that’s new"? Alex Katz : Lester Young. Billie Holliday. Be Bop. Stan Kenton. Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Charlie Parker. Stan Getz. Miles Davis. Sonny Rollins’s "Wagon Wheels". Man Ray. Charles Lamb. Georges Braque’s 1913 black and white collages. Pablo Picasso’s sculptures. Malevich’s Suprematist paintings. Henri Matisse’s collages. Jackson Pollock. Barnett Newman. Clifford Still. Roy Lichtenstein, early 1960s. James Rosenquist, early 1960s. Eva Hesse. Jeff Koons. Mike Kelley’s rugs. Richard Avedon’s fashion photos, 1960s. Red Grooms' early happenings. Paul Taylor, late 1950s. William Dunas, early 1970s. Samuel Beckett’s "Happy Days" with Ruth White. John Jesuran’s "Red House". Meredith Monk’s theater and music pieces. Godard’s Breathless. Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Antonioni’s L’Avventura. Rudy Burckhardt’s city and country films without acting. 1960s vinyl coats, white or black. Guillaume Apollinaire. John Ashbery’s "Skaters." Color TV. Ads. Football. Wide-angle technicolor movies.and here's an  article from the Boston Globe a couple of years back on Alex’s reading habits
Alex's interview/conversation with Francesco Clemente (from 1989) may be accessed here
with David Salle, here

Selected other interviews - an oral history interview from 1969 for the Archives of American Art - here 
A video-taped interview with Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, from 1979 - here.
More recently, Adrian Searle interviews Alex for The Guardian here (2012), and, this past August, Kim Heirston visits his studio and "shares inspirations, methodologies, and stories". 

The "New York School" and poetry connection - Andrew Epstein's exemplary Locus Solus blog has two useful posts on that (the latter connecting to Matthew Sperling's illuminating interview in Apollo magazine)  - here and here  


 Here's a miscellany of Alex Katz paintings and images 

and four more of Allen

            
     [Alex Katz. Allen Ginsberg, 1986. Oil on linen. 48 x 144 inches.]


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