Lot 177
Alex Katz (NY/ME, b. 1927), Ukulele Player
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas, a Marlborough Gallery label affixed to the verso dates this painting to 1981, presented in the original frame.

SS 54 x 48 in.; DOA 55 x 48.75 in.

A Private Collection of American Contemporary Art

Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

Born in Brooklyn to immigrant "arty" parents and raised in Queens, Alex Katz is New York. He enrolled in the prestigious Cooper Union Art School in 1946 on the G. I. Bill. After graduating in 1949, Katz was awarded a summer scholarship for study at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Katz continues to split his time between a SoHo studio he first moved into in 1968 and a Lincolnville, Maine summer home and studio purchased in 1954.

Katz boldly perfected his figural work during the height of Abstract expressionism and Pop art. The painting offered here is instantly recognizable as a Katz - a closely cropped depiction of a young musician in bright lights with two fashionable women visible in the warm monochrome background.

Works by Alex Katz are in over 100 public collections worldwide. Within the past five years only, he has been honored with 21 solo exhibitions in such prominent museums as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA; Tate St. Ives, UK; Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria; Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland; Tate Modern, London, UK; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; American University Museum, Washington, D.C.; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; and others. He currently has three concurrent solo exhibitions at Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL, and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK.

Small repaired tear to bun of female of figure on left, scattered bloom, small paint flake to lower center above stretcher bar, light stretcher marks.

$20,000 - 40,000