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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Alex Katz

b. 1927, USA

Alex Katz is one of the most significant artists of his generation. A graduate of the prestigious Cooper Union Art School in Manhattan in 1949, Katz was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine. In 1968, Katz moved into an artists’ cooperative building in SoHo, where he has lived and worked ever since, spending his summers in Lincolnville, Maine.

Common to both Katz’s celebrated portraits and immersive landscapes is a pristine flat surface and an economy of line, first developed by the artist in the 1950s. Katz’s minimal aesthetic was, at this time, both an anticipation of Pop Art and a reaction to the Abstract Expressionist movement. In tandem with his painting practice, Katz continues to explore three-dimensional space with sculptural cutouts—a technique first established by the artist in 1959. He is also a prolific printmaker.

Featured Artworks

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Study for Ada with flowers by Alex Katz contemporary artwork
Alex KatzStudy for Ada with flowers, 1980 Oil on board
30.5 x 36 cm
Dep Art Gallery
Foliage by Alex Katz contemporary artwork
Alex KatzFoliage, 1980 Oil on panel
23 x 30.5 cm
Dep Art Gallery
Gaia by Alex Katz contemporary artwork
Alex KatzGaia, 2018 Oil on linen
60 x 120 cm
Timothy Taylor
Vivien by Alex Katz contemporary artwork
Alex KatzVivien, 1994 Etching with aquatint
25 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Coca-Cola Girl 35 by Alex Katz contemporary artwork
Alex KatzCoca-Cola Girl 35, 2018 Oil on linen
152.4 x 213.4 cm
Timothy Taylor
Coca-Cola Girl 33 by Alex Katz contemporary artwork
Alex KatzCoca-Cola Girl 33, 2018 Oil on linen
152.4 x 213.4 cm
Timothy Taylor
Departure (Ada) by Alex Katz contemporary artwork
Alex KatzDeparture (Ada), 2017 Cutout from shaped powder-coated aluminium, printed on 2-sides with UV cured archival inks, clear coated, and mounted to white bronze base
57.1 x 21.6 x 6.3 cm
Timothy Taylor
Coca-Cola Girl 29 by Alex Katz contemporary artwork
Alex KatzCoca-Cola Girl 29, 2018 Oil on linen
86.4 x 198.1 cm
Timothy Taylor

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Alex Katz, Coca-Cola Girls at Timothy Taylor, London
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2 November–21 December 2018 Alex Katz Coca-Cola Girls Timothy Taylor, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A New Way of Walking at Timothy Taylor, New York
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29 June–27 July 2018 Group Exhibition A New Way of Walking Timothy Taylor, New York

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The Colors of the Sixties Related Press The Colors of the Sixties Hyperallergic : 6 April 2019

The eighth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, as David Breslin, the Director of the Collection, sees it, is 'a place for surprises.'The elegant spaces of the museum's top floor, catching the light off the river through its skylights and glass walls, have felt enchanted ever since it opened in 2015 with the Early Modernist 'Forms...

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'Fashion doomed to fade, but art is forever' Related Press 'Fashion doomed to fade, but art is forever' The Korea Times : 27 April 2018

American artist Alex Katz is known for his distinctive style of portraits featuring sophisticated yet daring women of all ages. The Lotte Museum of Art (LMOA) in southern Seoul presents the first solo exhibition of the 90-year-old artist, who stylises American culture and society such as fashion, beauty and landscape, in Korea.Titled Alex Katz:...

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Alex Katz - 'I never had any self-confidence until I was 30' Related Press Alex Katz - 'I never had any self-confidence until I was 30' Phaidon : 10 November 2017

We've loved and admired the work of Alex Katz for a long time now so we were happy to bump into him while checking out some of his new paintings, sculptures and a show of his 1940's Subway Drawings at Timothy Taylor, London a couple of weeks ago. The drawings were made by Katz during his time as an art student at Cooper Union, when he used his time...

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Alex Katz’s Subway Drawings Give a Glimpse of 1940s New York Related Press Alex Katz’s Subway Drawings Give a Glimpse of 1940s New York Vogue : 27 April 2017

If you're in New York City and you catch the Q train at the new subway station at 86th Street, you'll glimpse a massive, scowling, photo-realistic portrait of the artist Alex Katz by his friend, the painter/photographer Chuck Close. But Katz's presence can also be felt 30-odd blocks south. That's where, seven decades ago, the artist would cross the...

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In Video & Audio

Alex Katz at Timothy Taylor, London Related Video & Audio Alex Katz at Timothy Taylor, London Vimeo : 10 November 2017

Alex Katz (b. New York, 1927) is known world-wide for his unique approach to contemporary representational painting, developed in reaction to the dominance of Abstract Expressionism, prior to the emergence of Pop Art in the USA. This exhibition will contrast over 50 intimate, delicate early pencil drawings with the artist's latest works - a series...

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