A must-see MFA exhibit
Alex Katz Prints, Now–July 29, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The new Alex Katz exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is a once in a lifetime experience that is a must see—but get there quickly because it’s a short run and the only showing of this exhibit in America.
Katz’s 50-plus-year art career is captured in this unique collection of prints, lithographs, paintings, and even Katz’s unique “sculptures”. As one of the creators of Pop Art, the evolution of Katz’s printmaking talents, as well as that of style, fashion, and culture over the past five decades are reflected in this diverse retrospective of Katz’s past works and the debut of new works by the artist.
The collection contains some of Katz’s most memorable pieces, including Grey Day, 1992 and Orange Hat, 1990. Katz’s muse, and his most prolific model, is his wife of 58 years, Ada. Her iconic image with dark aviator glasses, as well as self portraits of the artist and their son, features prominently throughout the collection.
Katz’s prints are at times bold and daring and then elegant and fashionable. He captures the essence of the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s with prints of bohemian artists, New York fashion divas, and cultural icons. The images reflect a cool detachment with pop art portraiture in the first three rooms and then the collection shifts to Katz’s landscape portraits which creates a serene space for his audience.
This is an exhibit that everyone can enjoy—from a curious child to a true art lover. The collection is accessible for all audiences and everyone will take away a little something different from the show.
Katz is one of the last great Pop Art poets of printmaking and painting still alive and working. You can also kick your summer off at the MFA’s free Beach Party for the Katz exhibit on Friday, May 4th, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., where there will be beach activities, summery food and drink, and entertainment in Museum’s courtyard. This is definitely a great way to kickstart your summer.