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Works by Alex Katz are on display now in “The Flowers and Portraits” show at Craven Contemporary in Kent, Conn. Alex Katz ‘Christy’, 2013. © 2021 Alex Katz / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Portraits, Flowers by Alex Katz at Craven Gallery


The third part in a three-part series of shows of the work of painter Alex Katz opened at Craven Contemporary in Kent, Conn., on Oct. 9. It remains on display in Kent and online through the middle of November.

“The Flowers and Portraits” show brings together floral prints by the artist alongside a selection of his editioned portrait work. Similar to his paintings of flowers, Katz has a distinctive approach to painting the human face. Large-scale, pared-down and cropped, the works combine elements of realism and abstraction at the same time.

The center piece of the show is a large scale portrait of one of Katz’s muses, supermodel Christy Turlington, measuring a substantial 60-by-50 inches. Other highlights include a self portrait, three different renditions of another muse — his wife, Ada — and a rare aluminum cut-out.

Katz, who is now 94, continues to work in New York City and Maine and will have a major retrospective exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York 2022.

To see the works in the show, go to www.artnet.com/galleries/craven-contemporary/alex-katz-the-flowers-and-t....

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