Newzones is excited to present “Coca-Cola Girls”, a solo exhibition by Alex Katz.
“Coca-Cola Girls” is a suite of 9 limited edition silkscreen prints, based on the original, large-scale “Coca-Cola Girls” paintings executed in 2018,
and exhibited at Timothy Taylor in London, England, in November and December
Katz describes the nostalgia that sparked this series: “That ’s Coca-Cola red, from the company’s outdoor signs in the fifties…You know, the
blond girl in the convertible, laughing with unlimited happiness…” (Tomkins, 2018). The series depicts blond models in white one-piece
bathing suites, set against a red background. Katz captures a variety of poses, sometimes seemingly in motion, of the girl(s) walking, sitting,
standing, or subtly turning a head or gesturing delicately with a hand.
At 91, American painter Alex Katz is best known for his unique realist style. He studied at Cooper Union School of Art in New York from
1945 – 1949 and after graduation, was awarded a scholarship the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine from 1949-50.
During his attendance at Cooper Union, Katz was exposed to modern art, and was taught to paint from drawings. Conversely at the
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, he was pushed to paint from life. This would be a pivotal point in his career as a painter
and to this day, he remains true to this in his practice. In 1972, he was awarded the Guggenheim Grant in Painting, and is now considered
influential on much younger generations of artists; his works can be found in over 100 public collections worldwide.
Opening Reception – Saturday, May 4: 12:30 – 2:30
Expert Speaker – Helen Zenith, discussing the life and work of Alex Katz at 1:15
Tomkins, C. (2018, August 20). Alex Katz’s Life in Art. Retrieved from The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/08/27/alex-katzs-life-in-art
Image: Coca-Cola Girl 1, 2019, Color Silkscreen on Saunders Water ford, Hot Press, High White, 425 gsm paper, Ed./60. 40 x 50 in