High Museum to exhibit gifts from painter Alex Katz starting Saturday

Alex Katz’s “Portrait of Sylvia Stone” (1965) is part of the exhibit “Painter’s Painters: Gifts from Alex Katz,” opening June 14 at the High Museum of Art.

Alex Katz’s “Portrait of Sylvia Stone” (1965) is part of the exhibit “Painter’s Painters: Gifts from Alex Katz,” opening June 14 at the High Museum of Art.

The High Museum of Art will showcase pieces from a particularly fruitful partnership in the exhibit “Painter’s Painters: Gifts from Alex Katz” opening June 14.

The show of more than 20 works will feature eight works by the esteemed New York artist, including four paintings and a group of chalk and charcoal drawings that were later transferred to canvas as compositions for large paintings.

Katz’s works will be presented alongside paintings by a multi-generational and internationally recognized selection of contemporary artists he collected, including Ronald Bladen, Jan De Vliegher, Christopher Deeton, Martha Diamond, Juan Eduardo Gomez, Josephine Halvorson, Nabil Nahas, Laura Owens, Joyce Pensato, Rob Pruitt, Wilhelm Sasnal, Spencer Sweeney and Charline von Heyl.

All but three of the works will be shown at the High for the first time.

Now in his mid-80s, Katz in 2004 founded the Alex Katz Foundation, donating hundreds of works to museums in the U.S. and Europe. The High has received 34 pieces, including 22 by Katz himself.

High curator of modern and contemporary art Michael Rooks is planning a major major solo exhibition for 2015, to be titled “Alex Katz, This Is Now.’”

“Painter’s Painters” will run through Nov. 2. 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.


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