Alex Katz at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

In 1959, iconic representational painter Alex Katz made a somewhat drastic decision to cut away the background of a painting that wasn’t working and mount it on plywood. The result was the first of his cutouts, a wall-mounted or freestanding group of sculptures that Katz has created for decades. Now on view at Gavin Brown’s Grand Street location, cutouts include this diminutive cluster of friends. (On view on the Lower East Side through Dec 22nd).

Alex Katz, JJ, Clarice, and Joe, oil on aluminum, 59 x 29 inches, 1965.

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Merrily Kerr is an art critic and writer based in New York. For more than 20 years, Merrily has published in international art magazines including Time Out New York, Art on Paper, Flash Art, Art Asia Pacific, Art Review, and Tema Celeste in addition to writing catalogue essays and guest lecturing. Merrily teaches art appreciation at Marymount Manhattan College and has taught for Cooper Union Continuing Education. For more than a decade Merrily has crafted personalized tours of cultural discovery in New York's galleries and museums for individuals and groups, including corporate tours, collectors, artists, advertising agencies, and student groups from Texas Woman's University, Parsons School of Design, Chicago's Moody Institute, Cooper Union Continuing Education, Hunter College Continuing Education and other institutions. Merrily's tours have been featured in The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Sydney Morning Herald and Philadelphia Magazine. Merrily is licensed by New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs as a tour guide and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA USA)

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