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Alex Katz: Theater and Dance

Laurence Hobgood, Alex Katz, Charles L. Reinhart, David Salle, Robert Storr, Jennifer Tipton, and Diana Tuite

Hardcover, 8 x 10 in., 256 pp.


Co-published with Rizzoli Electa

Corresponding Exhibition: Alex Katz: Theater and Dance

Since Alex Katz first painted Paul Taylor in 1959, he has invited dancers to model for him. Dance, according to the artist, belongs to the same “long tradition of gestures” as painting. Katz partnered with  dancer and choreographer Paul Taylor on sixteen productions for which Katz innovated with flat lighting, humorous obstacles, and framing mechanisms. His involvement with Taylor led to collaborations with other companies including Yoshiko Chuma, Laura Dean, William Dunas, and Parsons.

This publication, which brings together paintings, sketches, costumes, photographs, film stills, and ephemera, is the first to examine the many decades of Katz’s work for the stage, including the ways that he introduced tenets of postwar painting into theater and dance aesthetics. Newly-commissioned essays, unpublished materials, and major paintings provide an overview of Katz’s working relationships with individual choreographers and shed new light on avant-garde collaborations in New York between the 1960s and 80s.