Present Tense: Sixty Years of Master Drawings | Richard Gray Gallery | Galleries | Chicago Reader

Present Tense: Sixty Years of Master Drawings Recommended Agenda Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: March 18-April 23 2016

Alex Katz—whose drawings are the subject of a retrospective at Richard Gray's Chicago and New York galleries—is one of the most successful artists alive, but I'm baffled as to why that's the case. Coming of age during the era of abstract expressionism and pop art, Katz carved out a niche with his flat, billboard-style drawings and paintings of his friends and family and their surroundings. His subjects couldn't be picked out of a lineup, his landscapes aren't on any map—he's not much for specifics. But many of the paintings are bright and take up a lot of space, which must be pleasing to the rare collector who can afford one. Continue reading >>


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