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Alex Katz's The Swimmer

Alex Katz
The Swimmer, 1992 Serigraph on wove paper, 136/200
101.5 x 63.5 cm
Gift of Dr. John Krawczyk,
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, 2007

Alex Katz’s flattened figurative representations of everyday subject matter, friends, family, and the land around them have become icons of contemporary American art.  Born in Brooklyn in 1927, Katz studied at The Cooper Union in New York and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

Katz’s artworks delve the shallow visual space that highlights the two-dimensional nature of paintings.  The Swimmer is an excellent example of Katz’s masterful treatment of figures and landscape.  This serigraph provides the AGNS with its second example of Katz’s work, and allows immediate connections to be drawn to other works in the collection - that by fellow Skowhegan School artist Robert Indiana and that of Larry Rivers.  

Nova Scotia and the Maritime provinces have always enjoyed a rich artistic exchange with the United States.  Artists have roamed up and down the Coast long before Homeland Security clamped its iron gate across our notably porous border.  Through this and other works in this donation, the AGNS is able to tell a cross border story - examining commonalities and differences from the point of view of the printmaking medium.  

Sarah Fillmore, Acting Chief Curator and Curator of Exhibitions
Shannon Parker
Curator of Collections
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