Partnerships Alex Katz: Gathering

Exhibition sponsor

Yellow Tree 1, 2020
Alex Katz (American, b. 1927)
Yellow Tree 1, 2020
Oil on linen
72” × 72” (182.9 × 182.9 cm)
Private Collection, Republic of Korea
© 2022 Alex Katz / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photo: Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery

Bank of America is honored to sponsor Alex Katz: Gathering at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, through February 20, 2023.

This major retrospective features a collection of more than 150 paintings, oil sketches, collages, prints and freestanding works by ninety-five-year-old native New York artist Alex Katz. Organized chronologically, each winding gallery floor of the museum features a different decade of the artist’s work. In the late 1940s, Katz began forging a singular style of figurative painting, capturing in-the-moment scenes of everyday life in New York and along the shores of coastal Maine, where he has summered for nearly seventy years.

Throughout the exhibition, Katz’s portraits and landscape works are juxtaposed to highlight the artist’s primary subjects across his eight-decade career. Depicting both individuals and social gatherings, Katz’s portraits document an evolving community of poets, artists, dancers, musicians and critics he interacted with and befriended. Beginning in the 1950s, they include figures from the city’s avant-garde, such as Frank O’Hara, Robert Rauschenberg, Paul Taylor, LeRoi Jones (later Amiri Baraka), Joe Brainard, Kynaston McShine, Anne Waldman, John Ashbery, Meredith Monk, Allen Ginsberg, Mariko Mori, Bill T. Jones and Joan Jonas. Several portrait subjects recur, most notably his wife, Ada, who Katz married in 1958.

The retrospective is complemented by a series of digital productions. A recently created video offers an intimate look at the artist at work, while audio recordings made by those who are the subject of Katz’s portraits—including choreographer Bill T. Jones, poet Vincent Katz, composer Meredith Monk and poet Anne Waldman—reveal unique insights into Katz and his relationships.

During the run of the exhibition only, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will participate in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us®.

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