Format: 40 x 46 cm / 16 x 18 inch
Material: Sommerset White 300gms paper.
Method: 3 and 4 color woodcut
Other: Two sheets. Each signed and numbered.
Stilrichtung:: Pop Art Kunstsparte:: Grafik Material/Medium/Technik:: Holzschnitt
The double portrait Ariel 4 & 5 in color features Ariel Veith, a model Alex Katz has portrayed frequently. Ariel is one of the artist’s many muses from his New York environment. Ariel also exists as a wall sculpture. Ariel is an exemplary work by Alex Katz – this print features Katz’s clean lines and minimal approach to portraiture, and the monochromatic orange background that is typical of his compositions. These portraits have no clear narrative – it is not important for the viewer to know the person or story behind the artwork. What Katz is trying to emphasize is actually the beauty of the subjects. The use of soft colors and emphasis on fashionable details in his paintings transform the coldness of sharp lines, lack of detail, and flatness into a work of art that the viewer can enjoy. The work is a woodcut that is. Katz still makes the printing plates for the woodcuts and linocuts himself. Galerie Frank Fluegel has had Alex Katz in its program since 1999.