I’ll knock ’em off the wall.” And compete he has: Katz had his first solo exhibition at Roko Gallery in New York City in 1954, and in 1986 the Whitney Museum of American Art held his first retrospective. In 1945, Katz was drafted into the armed forces and served in the navy for a year. Just appearance. This biography is from Wikipedia under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License . Painting seems an old man's business. Alex Katz was born July 24, 1927 to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, as the son of an émigré who had lost a factory he owned in Russia to the Soviet revolution. Once derided by modernist critic Clement Greenberg, today several high-profile writers and collectors (e.g. Seeking to continue his studies in art after his return to New York, he took the entrance test for Cooper Union without expectations and surprised himself when he gained admission to the school. Katz's emphasis on the iconic - or even deadpan - over the expressive, and his foregrounding the "surface of things" has been a draw for younger artists. The collages, begun in 1955, further emphasized the distance between his own style and Abstract Expressionism by using an unexpectedly small format and carefully trimmed shapes, as in Ada in the Water (1958). Known for his use of blunt figuration and flat, planar application of color and paint, Alex Katz’s works can be seen as both a reaction to, and visual respite from, the rise of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s. paul taylor. Alex Katz was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927. We are not financial advisors and we are not in the business of recommending art as an investment. Find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks for sale, the latest news, and sold auction prices. Alex Katz's work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group exhibitions internationally since 1951. Alex Katz was born in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn in 1927, and grew up in St. Albans, Queens. You see things through the culture in which you live, and the culture in which you live is always past tense. Virtually devoid of color, these pieces border upon the abstract, using heavy, brushy strokes of paint within his familiar color-blocked areas. This information is provided "as is" and with no representations or warranties either express or implied of accuracy, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or of any other nature are made with respect to this information or to any expressed views presented in this information. Red Smile (1963) is similar to a close-up film shot of Ada. His art has been shown in over 200 solo exhibitions and 500 group exhibitions internationally since 1951, and at such prestigious institutions as New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, London’s Saatchi Gallery, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.