By Alex Katz SKU:199678

Crafted in 2012, "Maquette for Times Square Billboard" is an extraordinary Alex Katz artwork. This painting showcases Katz's innovative approach, designed for a larger-than-life billboard in Times Square. The piece's monumental scale and bold strokes capture the essence of urban energy and modernity. Katz's ability to distill complex scenes into simplified yet impactful forms is exceptional. This work's fusion of art and urban space is what makes it truly special, offering a dynamic intersection of fine art and the bustling cityscape, illustrating Katz's artistic versatility and his engagement with the cultural zeitgeist.

21 cm

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Total € 195

Year Painted: 2012

In 2012, Alex Katz unveiled the captivating “”MAQUETTE FOR TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD,”” a masterful work that challenges the conventional boundaries of art. With bold strokes and a contemporary urban aesthetic, Katz transforms the notion of a commercial billboard into a thought-provoking artistic statement.

The year 2012 finds Katz at the forefront of his artistic journey, and “”MAQUETTE FOR TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD”” exemplifies his ability to fuse high art with everyday imagery. This painting’s monumental scale and vibrant colors mirror the energy of Times Square, a hub of commercialism and culture. The subject matter, often relegated to advertising, is elevated to the realm of fine art.

What renders “”MAQUETTE FOR TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD”” truly special is its audacious commentary on consumer culture. Katz’s choice to capture a billboard—a symbol of capitalism and media saturation—forces us to confront the convergence of art and advertising. The painting asks us to reevaluate how we perceive and consume visual information, prompting a dialogue about the influence of commercialism on artistic expression.

The artwork’s appeal lies in its ability to evoke both familiarity and contemplation. Viewers are drawn to the vibrant colors and iconic imagery, reminiscent of the bustling cityscape. Simultaneously, the juxtaposition of this imagery within the realm of fine art invites introspection on the impact of commercial visuals on our perceptions and psyche.

“”MAQUETTE FOR TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD”” ignites discourse about the intersection of commerce and creativity, making it a standout piece in Katz’s body of work. Its audacious fusion of art and advertising confronts viewers with questions about authenticity, aesthetics, and cultural consumption. The painting challenges us to consider the blurred lines between artistic intent and commercial messaging.

In a world inundated with images, Katz’s painting commands us to pause and critically assess the information we encounter. By appropriating the language of advertising for the realm of fine art, “”MAQUETTE FOR TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD”” reminds us that art possesses the power to both reflect and influence societal values. It’s a vivid reminder that art’s impact extends beyond aesthetics, offering a rich context for understanding the contemporary visual landscape and our place within it.

Original size:
104.1 x 44 cm (width x height)
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50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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