Alex Katz: Time Stands Still

Alex Katz, White Boat, 2008, oil on board, 12 x 9 inches (courtesy of Peter Blum
Alex Katz, White Boat, 2008, oil on board, 12 x 9 inches (courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery)

David Rhodes reviews the recent exhibition Alex Katz: Small Paintings 1987-2013 at Peter Blum Gallery, New York.

Rhodes writes that "because the paintings are both very focused and fragmentary, they can be seen as both complete in themselves – time stilled – and as a sequence of moments, hours or years apart. That portraits appear at intervals (or in one place together as a group) only enhances the impression of a flow of events unfolding as much as images of things remembered from the past. What amounts to fragments of life are presented at varying degrees of proximity and distance: figures and heads, both partial and complete; flowers, grouped or isolated; trees reflected, next to each other, or singular, but always seen in sections and not whole, however complete they are as an image."