23 November 2018 – 10 March 2019
Tate Liverpool presents work by Alex Katz (b. 1927), one of the most important and respected living American artists of the past 50 years.
This exhibition draws from ARTIST ROOMS, a touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art by more than 40 major artists, jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. The collection is displayed across the UK through a touring programme, supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Creative Scotland.
With their bright and bold palette, Katz’s paintings present a modern American take on the classical themes of landscapes, marine scenes and flowers. His immediately recognisable style draws on American and European painting traditions including the work of Matisse and Monet. At the same time, the crisp stylised surfaces of his paintings have an affinity with pop art.
With a remarkable career spanning six decades, ARTIST ROOMS: Alex Katz presents a focused selection of 19 landscape paintings made between 1967 and the late 1990s drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Primarily working from life, Katz produces painted images in which line and form are expressed through carefully composed brush strokes and planes of flat colour. As well as large-scale paintings, he has consistently made smaller paintings primarily as studies, which are also considered to be a distinct body of work and will be included in the display.
These modestly-scaled paintings, including Tulips 1969 and 3 PM, November 1997 show the influence of Japanese painting, capturing a fleeting nature scene expressed through a minimal amount of painted expression. Works such as Black Brook 1988 express an immersive, more physical encounter with the natural landscape. Katz himself describes such works as ‘environmental’, their large-scale is essential to the function and viewer’s encounter with the work.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Katz began working in the 1950s and initially focused on portrait and figurative subjects, at odds with the predominant abstract non-representational style of the period. Katz gained prominence in the 1980s and 1990s with many younger artists such as Peter Doig (b. 1959), Marlene Dumas (b. 1953), and Elizabeth Peyton (b. 1965) citing his work as an influence.
ARTIST ROOMS: Alex Katz is curated by Darren Pih, Exhibitions & Displays Curator.
ARTIST ROOMS is a touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. The collection is displayed across the UK in solo exhibitions that showcase the work of more than 40 major artists, and this touring programme gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and learn new skills. Since 2009, 48 million people have visited 174 displays at 82 museums and galleries. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. The collection was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments. The current ARTIST ROOMS touring programme is delivered by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate in a partnership with Ferens Art Gallery until 2019, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Art Fund and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms | www.tate.org.uk/artist-rooms | www.artistrooms.org | #ARTISTROOMS
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk
Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. In the past five years alone Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections. It also helps museums share their collections with wider audiences by supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, including ARTIST ROOMS and the 2013-18 Aspire tour of Tate’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable, and makes additional grants to support the training and professional development of curators. Find out more about Art Fund and the National Art Pass www.artfund.org
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland