Thursday, March 4, 2010

Interview with Alex Katz

Alex Katz, Rain, 1989. Oil on canvas, 54 x 72 in. Photo by G. R. Christmas, courtesy the artist and PaceWildenstein, New York

Alex Katz has a new show at the Parrish Art Museum out in Southampton, New York. I recently interviewed him for Artinfo. Here is an excerpt:
Near the far end of Alex Katz's current show at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York, is a 12-foot-wide canvas that shows yellow water lilies floating in a blue-gray pond. “It took me about 40 years to get up the nerve to paint those,” Katz admits, sitting on a couch in his fifth–floor studio in SoHo, on a weekday morning last month. “My studio in Maine is on a four-mile pond, and at the edge of it there are water lilies. People always suggested that I paint them."
- "Alex Katz," at Artinfo