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Biography of Alex Katz

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b. 1927, New York

1946–49
Studies at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York.
1949–50
Studies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine.
1951
Participates in Jean Cohen and Alex Katz: Paintings at Peter Cooper Gallery in New York.
1954
Roko Gallery in New York presents Katz's first solo exhibition.
1955
Makes first collages.
1957
Focuses on producing portraits for the first time.
1959
Teaches at the Brooklyn School in New York.
Makes first cutouts.
1960
Participates in the exhibition Young America 1960: Thirty American Painters under Thirty-six at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The exhibition later travels to the Baltimore Museum of Art; Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati; City Art Museum in St. Louis; and Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts in Columbus, Ohio.
Begins designing sets and costumes for choreographer Paul Taylor.
1961
Has shows at the Stable Gallery and Mili-Jay Gallery, both in New York.
1964
Katz's work is included in the group exhibition Recent Landscapes by Eight Americans, which opens at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and later travels to different institutions in the United States and Europe.
1969
Exhibits at Mont Chateau Lodge in Morgantown, West Virginia, and at Phyllis Kind Gallery in Chicago.
1970
Exhibits at Fischbach Gallery in New York.
1971
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City presents an exhibition of the artist's work, which later travels to the Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego; Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul; and Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.
1972
Awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
1973
Exhibits at Assa Galleria in Helsinki and Marlborough Gallery in New York.
Katz's work is included in Biennial Exhibition: Contemporary American Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
1974
The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York presents Alex Katz Prints, which later travels to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia; Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City; Santa Barbara Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, California; University Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis.
1975
Exhibits at Marlborough Fine Art in London; Galerie Arnesen in Copenhagen; Galerie Marguérite Lamy in Paris; and Marlborough Gallery in New York.
1976
Exhibits at Marlborough Gallery in New York and Toronto.
Receives a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., to design the set and costumes for Paul Taylor's Polaris.
1977
Alex Katz: Recent Paintings is held at the Fresno Arts Center and Museum in Fresno, California. The exhibition later travels to the Art Galleries at California State University, Long Beach; Seattle Art Museum in Seattle; and Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.
1978
Receives a grant from the United States government to take part in a cultural and educational exchange program with the Soviet Union.
1979
Exhibits at Brooke Alexander Gallery and Robert Miller Gallery, both in New York. Katz's work is included in The Decade in Review: Selections from the 1970s at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
1980
Alex Katz: Scale and Gesture is held at the Queens Museum of Art in New York.
Exhibits at Marlborough Gallery in New York; Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto; and Middendorf/ Lane Gallery in Washington, D.C.
1981
Katz's work is shown at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama; Portland Center for the Visual Arts in Portland, Oregon; and Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.
1982
Exhibits at Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto; Brooke Alexander Gallery in New York; Marlborough Gallery in New York; and Marlborough Fine Art in London.
1983
Marlborough Gallery in New York presents an exhibition of the artist's recent paintings.
1984
Produces Harlem Station, a freestanding cutout mural at the Harlem “L” Station in Chicago.
Exhibits at the Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York; Asher/Faure Gallery in Los Angeles; and Benjamin Mangel Gallery in Philadelphia.
Awarded an honorary doctorate from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
1985
The Chicago Bar Association honors Katz with the Award for Art in Public Places.
Has exhibitions at Marlborough Fine Art in Tokyo and Robert Miller Gallery in New York.
1986
A retrospective of Katz's work is presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and later travels to the Center for the Fine Arts in Miami.
1987
Receives the Mary Buckley Award for achievement from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and the Queens Museum of Art Award for Lifetime Achievement.
1988
The Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York presents a retrospective of the artist's prints.
Named Trustee Emeritus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine.
1989
Exhibits at Galerie Bernd Klüser in Munich and Riva Yares Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
1990
Making Faces: Self-Portraits by Alex Katz is presented at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. The exhibition later travels to the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, and Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.
Alex Katz: Recent Paintings is shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
1991
Alex Katz: A Drawing Retrospective opens at the Museum of Art of the Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York. It later travels to the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, and Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Exhibitions of Katz's work are also held at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and Marlborough Gallery in New York.
1993
Marlborough Gallery in New York presents Alex Katz: Paintings.
Begins the series Smiles, which will eventually comprise eleven canvases made between 1993 and 1994.
1994
Galería Marlborough in Madrid presents an exhibition of the artist's work, including the Smiles series.
1995
The Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden presents Alex Katz: American Landscape.
1996
The Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, inaugurates a new wing, the Paul Schupf Gallery for the Works of Alex Katz, where a revolving selection of the museum's collection of works by the artist, numbering some 700 objects (including more than 400 donated by Katz), will be shown.
The Baltimore Museum of Art presents Alex Katz Under the Stars: American Landscapes 1951–1995, organized by P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.
The exhibition later travels to the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida; Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine; and P.S.1.
Vincent Katz and Vivien Bittencourt produce the video Alex Katz: Five Hours, which documents the production of the artist's work January 3.
1997
IVAM, Centro Julio González in Valencia organizes an exhibition of the artist's work.
1998
Alex Katz: Twenty-Five Years of Painting opens at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
Exhibits at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris; Galerie Bernd Klüser in Munich; Thamm Galerie in Küsnacht-Zurich, Switzerland; and Art & Public in Geneva.
1999
Has exhibitions at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg; Marlborough Gallery in New York; and Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea in Trento.
2000
Receives the Artist of the City award from the Cooper Union in New York.
The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh presents Regarding Alex Katz, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg presents Alex Katz: Paintings of the 1980s.
2001
Named the Philip Morris Distinguished Artist at the American Academy in Berlin.
The Addison Gallery of American Art at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, presents Alex Katz: Small Paintings. The exhibition later travels to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City; Oklahoma City Museum of Art in Oklahoma City; and Austin Museum of Art in Austin, Texas.
2002
Katz's work is shown at the Kunst- und und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn and Timothy Taylor Gallery in London.
2003
The first European exhibition dedicated exclusively to portraits by the artist opens at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice.
The Deichtorhallen Hamburg presents an exhibition of the artist's cutouts. The exhibition later travels to the Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten in Klagenfurt, Austria.
2004
The Albertina in Vienna presents Alex Katz: Cartoons and Paintings.
2005
Selected as the featured speaker for the Chicago Humanities Festival's inaugural Richard Gray Visual Arts Series.
Receives an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.
Exhibitions of Katz's work are presented at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Málaga; Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine; and Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine.
2006
The Jewish Museum in New York; Langen Foundation in Neuss, Germany; Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine; and PaceWildenstein in New York present exhibitions of the artist's work.
2007
Alex Katz: New York opens at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.
Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy Museum in New York.
2008
Exhibits at Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago, Jablonka Galerie in Berlin, and Galleria Monica De Cardenas in Milan.
2009
The Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland, presents the exhibition Alex Katz: An American Way of Seeing, which later travels to the Musée de Grenoble in Grenoble, France, and the Museum Kurhaus Kleve in Kleve, Germany.
2010
Exhibitions of Katz's work are held at the National Portrait Gallery in London; Albertina in Vienna; Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine; Kunsthalle Würth in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany; and Galería Javier López-Mário Sequeira in Madrid.
2011
Exhibits at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris; Gavin Brown's Enterprise in New York; and Senior & Shopmaker Gallery in New York.
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