Alex Katz: The Expansive Landscape

Alex Katz, 4 pm, oil on linen, 2014 (courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's En
Alex Katz, 4 pm, oil on linen, 2014 (courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's Enterprise)

Altoon Sultan blogs about an recent exhibition of paintings by Alex Katz at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York.

Sultan writes: "Alex Katz's landscape paintings are a paradox: as large as they are, they seem intimate; they portray ordinary views, yet are surprising and extraordinary... Katz's simple titles––a time of day, a description of place––tell of noticing something marvelous within an everyday world. It was a stunning experience to see the painting 4 PM, glistening on a back wall, seen through doorways. The painting seemed as alive, and its subject as real, as the bars of light cast onto the polished floor: a hazy sun, leaves back lit, flickering in moving air."