Image: The green cap (Alex Katz, 1985)
Remixed track: Oxygene Pt. 4 (Jean-Michel Jarre, 1976)
Alex Katz (born July 24, 1927) is an American figurative artist known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints.
Katz achieved great public prominence in the 1980s. He is well known for his large paintings, whose bold simplicity and heightened colors are now seen as precursors to Pop Art.
Katz’s paintings are divided almost equally into the genres of portraiture and landscape. Since the 1960s he has painted views of New York (especially his immediate surroundings in Soho) and landscapes of Maine, where he spends several months every year, as well as portraits of family members, artists, writers and New York society protagonists. His paintings are defined by their flatness of colour and form, their economy of line, and their cool but seductive emotional detachment…