ALEX KATZ "OLYMPIC SWIMMER" SCREENPRINT, 1976
With a lifetime of work that is adored by collectors and art lovers around the globe, Alex Katz is a favorite successor of the New York-based artists that responded to Pop Art.
Born in 1927, Katz has been dedicated to art-making since the 1950s - however, it wasn't until the following decade that he established his signature 'flat' figurative style, which continues to influence contemporary painters.
Today, we can see this impact on a host of artists including Eric Fischl, David Salle, Julian Opie, and Elizabeth Peyton amongst others. One could argue that Katz kept the tradition of figurative painting alive when it had gone terribly out of style.
An active and devoted printmaker, Katz typically creates portraits and landscapes: subjects that he is personally connected to such as Soho cityscapes, the flora of rural Maine, and the people in his life.
In 1957, Katz would meet his future wife "Ada" - over the course of the last fifty years, he has depicted her over 200 times. She is the most iconic subject in his oeuvre and is depicted with affection, sincerity, and devotion.
Utilizing 5 colors, this dynamic print depicts Ada coming up for air as she swims through a body of water. Recalling Katz's 1973 painting "Swimmer #3", this work is a fine example of the artist's pared-down aesthetic, depicting Ada with few details and a striking use of negative space.
In 1976, this iconic image was extended to the United States Olympic Committee and reproduced as a poster for the Olympics in Montreal at the time.
In 2022, Katz was the subject of a major retrospective at The Guggenheim (New York) which exhibited work spanning 8 decades of the artist's career.
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"Olympic Swimmer (Maravell 86)"
Screenprint in 5 colors
Signed and numbered by the artist
From an edition of 200
39.75"H 25"W (work)
49"H 33.25"W (framed)
Very good condition.
Published by Kennedy Graphics, New York
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