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Artist
Alex Katz, John C. Erickson, Galerie Sabine Knust
Title
Large Birch
Date
2005
Medium
linoleum cut on Hiromi Mulberrry heavyweight paper (60 mg)
Dimensions
Image: 60 5/8 × 36 3/8 inches (154 × 92.4 cm)Sheet: 63 × 38 1/4 inches (160 × 97.2 cm)Framed: 65 3/4 × 40 3/4 × 1 1/2 inches (167 × 103.5 × 3.8 cm)
Tags
Print
Credit Line
Kirk Varnedoe Collection, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, Gift of the Artist.
Accession Number
2006.13
The son of Russian immigrants, Alex Katz was raised in Queens, New York. He studied at Cooper Union and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture of Skowhegan, Maine. Katz also taught at the New York Studio School, School of Visual Arts, Yale University and Pratt Institute throughout the 1960s. He was a progressive proponent of figurative art at a time when abstraction was being touted by the artistic avant-garde. Detached, non-specific, and often executed on a monumental scale, Katz’s canvases are flatly painted and make no attempt at create an illusion of three-dimensionality. His work is represented in the permanent collections of numerous distinguished institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Although Katz is best known for his work depicting the human figure, he has also created a number of pieces based on images in the natural world. Large Birch, in the Varnedoe Collection, is one such work, depicting a simplified, strongly graphic segment of a tree trunk.