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○ Title : Alex Katz
○ Period : February 19 ~ May 26, 2019
○ Venue : 1 Gallery, UMI Hall
○ Artist : Alex Katz

Daegu Art Museum presents a solo exhibition of Alex Katz (b.1927) who is a representative artist of contemporary painting and an artist with the most American style from the 60s. This exhibition will be his first retrospective scale exhibition in Asia, introducing 112 works of his to take a glimpse at his over half-a-century artistic journey from 1950 till today, including paintings, drawings, small studies and cutouts. The Red Smile, 1963 in particular is introduced in the exhibition as one of his most iconic works, which is housed at Whitney Museum of American Art.
Seeking to reverse the trend of the artistic circles in America in the early 50s when abstraction was the norm, he unfolded his realistic paintings, amplifying his unique pictorial sentiment. Since his first exhibition in 1954, he has showcased a plethora of works in many fields including paintings, drawings, sculptures and woodblock prints. Bringing in elements of pop art more proactively, which was one of the major trends in art and culture in the early 60s, he was broadly impacted by pop culture including movies, street billboards and music and passionately reflected them to his works. He embodies banal facets including self-portraits of large-scale people and landscape in unique gestures. In self-portraits of people, he could exert visual effects being analogous to billboards with simplified color planes consisting of several color tones, spatiality with almost no perspective, modes of expression filled up with confined outlines and drastically cutting out or expanding the objects. Application of such simple, yet flamboyant and bright colors and large scales is the outcome of reinterpreting exaggerated elements shown in pop art in his own pictorial style. His oeuvre has been globally spotlighted in artistic circles and steadily cherished by people. It is hoped that paintings of Alex Katz which represent easily neglectable scenes, light, family and those around us with special impressions and memories could be looked at in a new angle, which must have been the view of Katz instead of choosing to opt for a long story or some serious concept.
Exhibition Hall 1 presents his works of diverse genres – large-scale portrait and landscape paintings, small studies and drawings in a timeframe from the 50s. UMI Hall exhibits 13 pieces of cutouts for which he first made an attempt for production in 1959, started making them in full swing from 1960, and has carried on up to date.

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