Exploring the artist's work in landscape.

Alex Katz’s education at New York’s prestigious Cooper Union exposed him to the theories and techniques of Modern art, but it was not until he reached the Skowhegan School in Maine where he discovered the plein air approach and – freed from the constraints of the studio – declared he had found ‘a reason to devote my life to painting’.

Best known for his portraits and paintings of people, it is his landscape works that form the core of his exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. These large-scale canvases focus on the temporal qualities of light, utilising a flatness of colour that is characteristic of his work to relay the changing seasons and times of day.

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