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Alex Katz: Quick Light


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This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition Alex Katz: Quick Light  (2 June – 11 September 2016) at the Serpentine Gallery, London. It brings together texts from artists, thinkers and poets, which offer a range of responses to Katz’s work.

The book opens with a previously unpublished conversation between Alex Katz and Hans Ulrich Obrist and a new poem written by John Godfrey. An essay by Ingrid D. Rowland expands on Katz’s unique approach to light and a conversation between artists Marlene Dumas and Jan Andriesse gives an insight into their engagement with Katz’s work over time. Critic and writer Jan Verwoert’s text explores Katz’s understanding of depth and perception and the artist Merlin James focuses on a single painting.

The publication also features archival reviews by Frank O’Hara, Edwin Denby and James Schuyler, which highlight the changing opinions of Katz’s work throughout time and the influence of the cultural landscape on his practice.