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Interview with an Artist: Alex Katz

It’s so easy, in fact it’s so impossible, not to get all kinds of ideas and form all kinds of opinions when looking at a work of art.

This might be especially true of the works of an artist like Alex Katz.

They’re mostly big and bold and so — seemingly — simple, but did  you know that he has admitted to destroying a thousand paintings in order to find his style? Or that his paintings don’t start out as simple rather than end that way as the artist uses them to eliminate the inessentials of his subjects?  All while trying to paint “faster than [he] can think” and avoid doing anything that’s already been done?  Wikipedia

Things may not be as simple as they look after all.

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