‘Alex Katz in the 50s’ at the Cleveland Museum of Art Reveals Scope of Painter’s Work

Sun 4/30-Sun 8/6

That Alex Katz is not better known to casual purveyors of 20th century art has a lot to do with the fact that he is a figurative painter who launched his career in mid-century in the wake of abstract expressionism’s rise and in the midst of a series of groundbreaking movements that left portraits and landscapes such as his looking old-fashioned to many eyes.

But by the time he reached middle age in the 1980s, critics were reexamining his work and seeing that some of those other movements, such as pop art, owed him a debt. Similar to artists such as Monet, his works are both evocatively fresh and appealingly accessible.

The Cleveland Museum of Art will be opening a show of the now-89-year-old artist’s work titled Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s, featuring more than 70 of his works including the Matisse-inspired cut paper collages he began working on in the ’50s. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $6 for children 6-17. Museum members are free.

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