Alex Katz at Delawart Art Center, 1980. Delaware Art Museum Archives
Alex Katz
Date: American painter and printmaker, born 1927
Biography: Alex Katz began his studies in the mid-1940s and was influenced by the abstract expressionist painters, such as Jackson Pollock, in the early 1950s. Unlike the gestural work associated with that movement, Katz's style is defined by its simplification and the artist's ability to render landscape, interiors, and figures with flat, simplified forms. The development of this style anticipated some of the formal characteristics of Pop art, and as with many of his contemporaries, Katz has experimented with lithography and screen printing throughout his career.