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Alex Katz. Claire, Grass and Water
Alex Katz. Claire, Grass and Water - Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice - News - Lopez de la Serna CAC

Alex Katz. Claire McCardell 10, 2022. Oil on canvas. 183 x 152,5 cm © Fondazione Giorgio Cini

Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero.

The exhibition follows the artist’s recent retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York, and features three major groups of works created between 2021 and 2022 representing three key aspects of his practice. One group of paintings based on the clothes of mid-century American fashion designer Claire McCardell is accompanied by large-scale close-up depictions of inky oceans and grassy terrain in shades of green and yellow.

In a recent interview, Katz described Claire McCardell’s creations as “unaffected” – a quality that harmonises with her painterly, understated bipartite or even tripartite compositions, with fragments of various garments and models recalling the visual strategies of Cubism and, in particular, Picasso’s Portrait of Dora Maar (1937). Katz wrote of his admiration for the painting in his 2012 autobiography Invented Symbols. His own assemblage blends various perspectives and fragments into an impossible yet captivating image: in one work, two models in different, slightly staggered outfits are joined at the centre of the canvas to form a single striking silhouette, while in another, a female figure appears to be protruding from a dress cut in half.

More information: Fondazione Giorgi Cini