HOT SUMMER HUES

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Gray Day, Alex Katz, 1992. Screenprint. Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna. Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

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Orange Hat, from the portfolio Alex and Ada, the 1960s to the 1980s, Alex Katz, 1990. Screenprint. Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna. Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

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Reclining Figure/Indian Blanket, Alex Katz, 1987. Aquatint. Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna. Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

This past weekend I traveled to my hometown of Boston, MA for a reunion weekend with a few college friends. As we puttered around the city taking in the sights, the banner ads for the current exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts particularly caught my eye. While that was enough to pique my interest, further investigation did not disappoint. The exhibit, appropriately named Alex Katz Prints, features 125 works in a variety of mediums including prints, cutouts on aluminum and illustrated books. The work spans his career from the early sixties to present day. 

I find myself drawn to the vibrant colors and the bold, graphic nature of these contemporary prints. Among my favorites are the three above, with colors that practically drip of summer heat followed by a cool ocean breeze. I'm also struck by how memorable his work is. After seeing a print only once in the ads, it was quite easy to recall in my mind's eye. I'm tempted to make another venture up that way to take advantage of the exhibit before it ends.