Katz is able to free studies of their function as a secondary, preparatory medium with no pictorial value of their own. These oil paintings on board are independent of the final result on canvas, since in contrast, a gestural approach and matter invade their surface rather than the clean, transparent execution (“Cool painting”) of his works on canvas.
Throughout his career, Alex Katz has had exhibitions at major museums and institutions in United States, Europe and Asia. His first solo show in Spain took place at the IVAM in Valencia in 1996, in 2004 the CAC Málaga hosted the exhibition entitled Recent Paintings. In 2008 Vienna's Albertina Museum presented a selection of his studies on board as part of the exhibition Art after 1970.