Alex Katz: Gathering

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About the Author
Wayne Koestenbaum--poet, critic, fiction-writer, artist, and filmmaker--has published over twenty books, including The Queen's Throat, Camp Marmalade, Humiliation, and Hotel Theory. He is a distinguished professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Prudence Peiffer is an art historian, writer, and editor, specializing in modern and contemporary art. She is Managing Editor of the Creative Team at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She received her Ph.D from Harvard University. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, she was a Senior Editor at Artforum magazine from 2012-2017, and Digital Content Director at David Zwirner in 2018. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Artforum, and Bookforum, among other publications.

Katie Kitamura is based in New York. She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Wired, and The Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.
Arthur Jafa is a filmmaker and cinematographer whose work includes Love Is The Message, The Message is Death (2017), Happy Birthday, Marsha!, Sharifa Walks (2015), In the Morning (2014), and Dreams Are Colder Than Death (2014), I Am Ali (2002), Rouch in Reverse (1995), and Daughters of the Dust (1991). Jafa has exhibited his work at major institutions and galleries, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; the Serpentine Galleries, London; the Vinyl Factory, London; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.
What this retrospective makes clear though, is that Katz remains in a league of his own, defined by his cool regard for the sentimental distance to be found in his own backyard. Perhaps his greatest legacy will be his insistence, via the very acute speech of his paintings, that a global grandeur can be found there.--Tom McGlynn "Brooklyn Rail"
Katz's paintings leave you buzzing with the pleasures of social life. Reticent about things best left unsaid, they dare instead to be witty, charming and disarmingly heartfelt. Celebrations of social display, they're about the joys of seeing and being seen.--Sebastian Smee "Washington Post"
It shows us talent, determination and individual sensibility being molded into great art and maintaining its momentum over time. This is what a retrospective should do, and Katz's work does this with extraordinary clarity, almost transparency. It should give everyone, especially artists, hope.--Roberta Smith "The New York Times"
Sometimes a small detail in an artwork can change everything, not just in your sense of that one work, but also in how you view a larger exhibition. That happened to me when I studied the catalogue more closely...Something hidden is hinted at for anyone who looks closely. And what this little detail reveals is that sometimes what is right on the surface can change our understanding of the whole.--David Carrier "Hyperallergic"