Alex Katz (American, b.1927)
In 1946, Katz entered The Cooper Union Art School in Manhattan, a prestigious college of art, architecture, and engineering where he studied painting under Morris Kantor and was trained in Modern art theories and techniques. Upon graduating in 1949, Katz was awarded a scholarship for summer study at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine.
In 1965, Katz embarked on a prolific career in printmaking and would go on to produce many editions in lithography, etching, silkscreen, woodcut and linoleum cut. He often portrayed individuals and complex groups of figures, capturing the social world of painters, poets, critics, and other colleagues that surrounded him.
The Paul J. Schupf Wing of the Colby College Museum of Art, which opened in 1996, presents ongoing exhibitions of its in-depth collection of Alex Katz’s paintings, cutouts, drawings, and prints, made possible through the generosity of then Colby trustee Paul J. Schupf and the personal donations of works by Katz himself. The Schupf Wing is one of the few wings of a museum in the United States devoted solely to the work of a single living artist. Works by Alex Katz can be found in over 100 public collections worldwide.