Alex Katz in the 1950s

Alex Katz, Slab City Road, 1959, oil on linen, 61 1/2 x 49 inches (Collection of
Alex Katz, Slab City Road, 1959, oil on linen, 61 1/2 x 49 inches (Collection of Kathryn Augenblick)

Phyllis Tuchman reviews Brand-New and Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s at the Colby College Museum of Art, on view through October 18, 2015.

Tuchman observes: "Sixty-some years later, all the work still looks brand-new and terrific. As it was, these singular portraits, Maine landscapes, and uncluttered interiors never got their day in court. Katz, for starters, went against the grain and painted small-sized, representational pictures on Masonite panels for much of the 1950s... In ten short years, Alex Katz went from being an art student to a fledgling artist to a mature painter and collage and cutout maker."

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