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The Boca Raton Museum of Art Exhibits Alex Katz’s Small Paintings

Alex Katz, Sharon, 2014, oil on board, 12” x 12.” Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome. Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Collection of Lance Uggla.

Alex Katz, Sharon, 2014, oil on board, 12” x 12.” Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome. Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Collection of Lance Uggla.

For more than 60 years, Alex Katz has produced small paintings. These preparatory sketches, while autonomous in their own right, serve as a starting point for his larger works, for which the artist is universally known. This exhibition that opens on November 7 features a selection of these rarely-seen paintings created between 1990 and 2015.

Katz’s small works present an alternative perspective to his larger paintings, and reveal a side to his process that is highly gestural and more instinctive. The details in the brush strokes on an intimate scale invite the viewer to establish a closer physical and spatial relationship to the work. The small paintings were crucial in the early stages of Katz’s career as he developed and refined his style. Through April 8, 2018. www.bocamuseum.org.

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