Born in 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, Alex Katz is one of the most important and respected living American artists.

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In 2012 Katz will celebrate his 85th birthday, and a career that spans a remarkable six decades. In this film, made at his New York studio earlier this year, Katz introduces some of the themes of his work. The artist’s current exhibition at Tate St Ives brings together over 30 canvases, plus collages and cut-outs, that span the full breadth of his career from the 1950s to now. Given the Gallery’s location on the beach, and the nature of the summer season here, the exhibition places a special emphasis on Katz’s seascapes and beach scenes, as well as images of family holidays and friends, painted in his own seaside retreat of Lincolnville, Maine, where he continues to spend his summers.