Alex Katz: New York Is a ‘Very Uncivilized City’

Still from “TateShots: Alex Katz” (Courtesy TateShots)

On the occasion of his newly opened exhibition at Tate St. Ives that shows British and international modern and contemporary art, New York-based painter Alex Katz led curator Martin Clark around his studio for the latest TateShots video, “Alex Katz.” The artist shows 30 canvases, from the early work up to the present, reminisced about his school days at Cooper Union in the 50s when Jackson Pollock “hit” and “New York changed completely.” In the video, he also shows some of his early work, expatiating on his painting (“Style is the content of my paintings”) and painting in general (“Paintings are like wine—sometimes it travels, and sometimes it doesn’t”).

We also get a glimpse of a new work by Mr. Katz entitled Late Summer Flowers, a giant canvas with flowers in yellow, orange and red. “Most painters when they get older,” says the 84-year old artist, “they get worse…. This is my stab at saying I got better.”