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Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow

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The American painter Alex Katz is one of my favorites. His flat, graphic realism, and paintings of the windswept coast of Maine recall Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, and the cover of some sun-faded issue of the New Yorker. I usually get a chance to see his work in person during summer trips to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, but this month the Tate St. Ives in Cornwall, England, is launching the wonderful show Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow. The 30 canvases on view stretch across the six decades of his career and after its run from May 19th to September 23rd it moves to the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent. Check out the slideshow for a glimpse of Alex Katz's stellar paintings.

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  Eleuthera, 1984, Oil on linen, 305 x 670.5 cm, Private Collection, Courtesy Galería Javier López, Madrid, © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
    Eleuthera, 1984, Oil on linen, 305 x 670.5 cm, Private Collection, Courtesy Galería Javier López, Madrid, © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
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  Islesboro Ferry Slip, 1975, 198 x 213.4 cm, Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.  Courtesy of: Alex Katz
    Islesboro Ferry Slip, 1975, 198 x 213.4 cm, Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

    Courtesy of: Alex Katz

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  Red Blouse (Big Ada), 1961, Oil on Linen, 193 x 208 cm, Private collection, Art ©Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Photo: Galleria Monica De Cardenas Milano and Zuoz.
    Red Blouse (Big Ada), 1961, Oil on Linen, 193 x 208 cm, Private collection, Art ©Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Photo: Galleria Monica De Cardenas Milano and Zuoz.
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  Penobscot, 1999, Oil on board, 229 x 305 cm, © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008.  Courtesy of: copyright National Galleries of Scotland and Tate
Photo by Antonia Reeve
    Penobscot, 1999, Oil on board, 229 x 305 cm, © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008.

    Courtesy of: copyright National Galleries of Scotland and Tate Photo by Antonia Reeve

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  Ocean View, 1992, Oil on board, 23.1 x 32 cm, © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008.  Courtesy of: copyright National Galleries of Scotland and Tate
Photo by Antonia Reeve
    Ocean View, 1992, Oil on board, 23.1 x 32 cm, © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008.

    Courtesy of: copyright National Galleries of Scotland and Tate Photo by Antonia Reeve

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  Black Hat (Bettina), 2010, Oil on linen, 152.4 x 213.4 cm, Private Collection, London, © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Image courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris - Salzburg.  Courtesy of: Ulrich Ghezzi
    Black Hat (Bettina), 2010, Oil on linen, 152.4 x 213.4 cm, Private Collection, London, © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Image courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris - Salzburg.

    Courtesy of: Ulrich Ghezzi

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  Round Hill, 1977, Oil on Linen, 180.3 x 243.8 cm, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Partial and Promised Gift of Barry and Julie Smooke, Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Digital Image © 2012 Museum Associates / LACMA.
    Round Hill, 1977, Oil on Linen, 180.3 x 243.8 cm, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Partial and Promised Gift of Barry and Julie Smooke, Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Digital Image © 2012 Museum Associates / LACMA.

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