Lincolnville Harbor 1994
One of my favorite museums is The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine, and it was there I first discovered the work of Alex Katz, whose studio is nearby in Lincolnville. I wandered into a room and watched a movie of this man painting birch trees on a huge canvas. I loved watching his energy and how quickly he was able to assess which move he was going to make next. I can’t really describe it better than Sanford Schwartz does in this book:
Katz has always been so clear and forceful about his goals, and those goals are such a fine blend of the naturalistic, the abstract and the theatrical, that literally where he works can seem a little beside the point. But the possibility that, in some slight degree, Lincolnville lets him connect with a freer self adds a wrinkle of feeling to the pictures he makes there.
study for Fishing Boats 2000
Ives Field, 1956
Hammon House 3 1963
Smile Awhile 1983
(part of) Wildflowers 3 1993
Untitled Drawing 1953
all images by Alex Katz, as seen in Alex Katz in Maine
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