Alex Katz: Quick Light

Serpentine Gallery
Until September 11
With Hyde Park as its stunning backdrop, the Serpentine Gallery seems a fitting space to exhibit Alex Katz’s landscape-themed: Quick Light exhibition.
Alex Katz: Quick Light; Installation view; Serpentine Gallery, London (2 June – 11 September 2016); Image ©
The artist has been creating contemporary representations of modern life in the form of prints, paintings, drawings and sculptures, ever since his first exhibition during 1954; exemplifying his life-long quest to capture the present tense in paint.

On large-scale canvases, exaggerated brush strokes and bold hues characterise many of Katz’s charming landscapes; and for lovers of the artist’s portraits - a series of them are also showing at the Serpentine. There’s a photographic snapshot element to some of the images, largely due to repetition; the subtlety in the contrasting six images of Vivien; or the many portraits of his wife, Ada, over the years, whom he’s said to have painted more than two hundred times.

Yes, it’s apparent that Alex Katz is comfortable returning to familiar scenes and subjects time and time again; he’s well known for this. But each artwork, using the same subject or landscape, will usually differ greatly from the last, remain innovative and never short change its audience.


Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA
Lancaster Gate or Marble Arch
Opening hours:
10am - 6pm Tuesday - Sunday
Entry fee:
June 02 - September 11


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