Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow
6 October 2012 – 13 January 2013
Free to all
A career-spanning survey of works by a fixture of the American art world.
The work of Alex Katz, acquisitions of which have frequently been supported by the Art Fund, is to be shown in a wide-ranging retrospective covering six decades. Katz made his name as a figure who bridged the gap between two generations of American artists – Abstract Expressionism and Pop. His work anticipated the latter of these two movements, with its remarkable slightness, simplicity and bold use of colour, but also looks back to an older, more restrained tradition through the use of surprisingly traditional formats – flower paintings, portraits and landscapes.
The exhibition will 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.
Fittingly for the seaside setting, the show includes a number of Katz's leisurely beach scenes. The artist himself has selected a number of works from the Tate collection to hang in the West Gallery.