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 Past Exhibition

Alex Katz: Small Paintings
March 22–June 2, 2002
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Alex Katz is best known for his eye-catching, large-scale portraits, figures, and landscapes, but he has also painted intimate works, and makes small "sketches" using oil paint on Masonite board, for every large painting. Although Katz considers the large works to be his major productions, akin to a public performance "without a net," the small paintings are rehearsals that reveal not only how he works but more importantly why he is interested in a particular subject. Co-curated by the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, this exhibition of approximately eighty works focused on the achievement and significance of Katz's small paintings-the first American museum exhibition to do so.