アメリカ人アーティスト、アレックス・カッツ(Alex Katz)の作品集。2016年2月から4月に「リチャード・グレイ(Richard Gray Gallery)」で開催された展覧会に伴い刊行された。本展示は、60年間にわたる作者の熟練したドローイング群を展覧、本書には「イェール美術学校(Yale School of Art)」の学部長を務めるロバート・ストー(Robert Storr)によるエッセイを掲載。今もなお前進を続ける作者のキャリアから70点のドローイングを収録した。


ロバート・ストーのテキストによると、作者のドローイングは「記念碑としての価値と、グラフィックの力強い異形さ」に溢れるものだという。それは、作者の手法とスタイルを象徴する特徴でもある。ストーは作者のドローイングの進化を辿るだけでなく、現代のヨーロッパとアメリカのアヴァンギャルドという広い視野から作者を論じ、ポール・セザンヌ(Paul Cézanne)やジョルジュ・スーラ(Georges Seurat)、ピート・モンドリアン(Piet Mondrian)などのアーティストに近い作者の知覚性を解説している。このアーティスト陣のように、作者はドローイングを自身のイメージの構成に用い、ただの似顔絵ではなく、線のそれぞれをひとつの体験とみなして組み立てているのである。

About Exhibition:

Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce Alex Katz: Present Tense, a survey of sixty years of master drawings by Alex Katz. An illustrated catalogue with essay by Yale School of Art Dean Robert Storr accompanies the exhibition. Totaling seventy drawings from across Katz’s ongoing career, the exhibition will occur simultaneously in Richard Gray Gallery’s New York and Chicago spaces.

One of the most influential and widely known artists of the past half-century, Alex Katz remains, at age 88, a leading voice in American art. Alex Katz: Present Tense asserts the vital importance of drawing to the artist’s practice. Bringing together portraits from a span of sixty years, the exhibition reveals drawing as a place where the artist’s vision is explored, structured and recorded. A central facet of Katz’s work, drawing serves as a tool of immediacy that enables him to capture the present moment in line, tone and surface. The experience of the drawings, for both the maker and the viewer, is one of intimacy. The paper captures the artist’s hand in direct and unexpected ways.

As Robert Storr notes in his exhibition text, these drawings are full of “monumentality and forceful graphic anomalies,” traits that show them as icons of Katz’s method and style. Storr not only traces the development of Katz’s drawing practice, but also sets him within a larger view of the European and American avant-garde in the modern period, showing Katz’s perceptual affinities with artists like Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, and Piet Mondrian. Like these artists, Katz uses drawing as a means of structuring his images, of putting them together line by line as an experience, not a resemblance.

Alex Katz: Present Tense is the artist’s fifth exhibition with Richard Gray Gallery and follows a year of large scale museum surveys at the High Museum of Atlanta, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the Colby College Museum of Art. Works by Alex Katz are held in public collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He lives and works in New York City.

by Alex Katz


108 pages
222 x 250mm
black and white