Photo: Primae / Louis Bourjac. Copy: Alex Katz / Adagp Paris, 2022
Following the tributes to Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol, the Espace Louis Vuitton Seoul presents a new exhibition of works by Alex Katz with a selection of exclusive pieces from the Collection as part of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s “Hors-les-murs” programme.
Known for his portraits of women and landscapes, Alex Katz’s wife Ada has been the subject of more than 250 of his portraits. A feeling of tranquility and the representation of an idealized American way of life emerge by way of a meticulous, multi-step process. Observational oil sketches are followed by detailed pencil or charcoal drawings transferred to the canvas, which Katz paints in a single studio session. With their understated lines, his timeless portraits impress viewers with the idealized plenitude they exude.
Alex Katz takes an Edenic view of nature and his loved ones. The artist’s youthful and refreshing touch, though Katz is over 90 years of age, explains the new interest in his work among younger generations. The Fondation Louis Vuitton presented his works as part of the A Vision for Painting exhibition in 2019.