New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1974. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's stapled illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"The central focus of Alex Katz's work is its elusiveness. Time and again that which seems obvious becomes subtle, and that which appears simple and unified becomes complicated and changeable" (from curator Richard S. Field's essay). Signed exhibition catalog published in conjunction with American artist Alex Katz's first traveling retrospective dedicated to his prints, initially held at the Whitney Museum in 1974. Predominantly known for his highly stylized large-scale paintings of landscapes, flowers, and portraits, Katz was not considered a major printmaker until later in his career and was initially leary of the medium. Thanks to an increasing affinity for flatness and scale in his paintings, printmaking became attractive to him, as it gave him the ability to be more precise in terms of color, value, touch, and shape. Illustrated with 12 black-and-white plates; with a foreword by Elke Solomon, associate curator at the Whitney, and a critical essay by Richard Feld, curator of the Davison Art Center. Signed in black marker on the title-page. Lightest rubbing and soiling. Near fine. Item #2276