Alex Katz This Is Now in Guggenheim Bilbao
Oct 6, 2015
Portraits of women and landscapes, are the favorite genres of the artist Alex Katz (Brooklyn, 1927), who visited Bilbao last time in 2012 with the exhibition "Smiles". Now, entitled "Alex Katz: This is Now", a solo exhibition shows the way to understand the landscape of one of the most outstanding contemporary artists in American art.
This Is Now are 35 large works with which Katz wants to represent things, spaces, as they are, as he sees them and feels them. "Rather than representing images of a faithful manner, Katz interested capture the instant of perception. It's like an explosive flash before the picture is focused, it is what he calls 'the present time', "explained from the museum.
The exhibition shows the different stages (covering the last 25 years of the painter) in which the artist has cultivated the genre of landscape, from the eighties creations to his late paintings of monumental landscapes made today. Paintings with powerful mass of color, full of poetry, works that invite us to reflect on the perception and awareness "about the relationship between art and nature, and the notion of the sublime in our time," he explained at the Guggenheim.
Katz recent landscapes are the pinnacle of his refined style, with descriptive and clean lines, in which the potential of contemporary art is to capture the grandeur embodied in the present. Her landscapes speak of the condition of being in an environment of constant movement and confluence of images, also about the inability to focus attention on the life and circumstances and seek to define a pictorial space that forces us to perceive detail, the relationship between art and nature.
Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, you can enjoy "Alex Katz: This is Now" until February 7, 2016.