I learned via artnet’s Twitter feed that today is Alex Katz birthday, so to celebrate, here are some images from “Alex Katz: Maine/New York,” an exhibition at the Colby Museum of Art that runs through December 30. Curated by Carter Ratcliff, and including work from 1950 to the present, the show includes 28 paintings and a sculpture that focus on quintessential country/city themes such as New York interiors, night time cityscapes and rural settings. Katz attended Skowhegan in 1949, and has continued to visit Maine ever since, spending summers in the little town of Lincolnville. For me, his paintings, like the photographs in the Crate and Barrel summer catalog, unleash a yearning for contented family life, gracious entertaining, quiet evenings spent among friends sipping wine on the screened-in porch, listening to the crickets and talking about art. I guess for some, that illusive idyll really does exist.
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