The Whitney Will Place A Giant Alex Katz Installation By Its Meatpacking District Home

Katherine and Elizabeth by Alex Katz (Courtesy the Whitney Museum of American Art).
Katherine and Elizabeth by Alex Katz (Courtesy the Whitney Museum of American Art).

The Whitney’s new Meatpacking District digs may not open up for another year, but the art is already starting to come to Gansevoort Street. In September, the museum will unveil a new public art installation by Alex Katz, Katherine and Elizabeth (2014), that will flank the side of the TF Cornerstone building that rests right next to the institution’s future home. The project—which is a collaboration between the Whitney, TF Cornerstone and High Line Art—is the first of a succession of works that will occupy this space during the next five years, Whitney director Adam Weinberg announced in a statement.

“I am also thrilled that we will inaugurate this partnership by presenting an important new work by Alex Katz, an artist with whom the Whitney has a long-standing relationship,” Mr. Weinberg said. “We hope that the project will herald the Museum’s presence downtown and continue to engage visitors to the High Line and our new building.”

The 17-by-29-foot digital print will surely be visible from way down the High Line, so if that just makes the place more crowded, so be it. The Whitney Will Place A Giant Alex Katz Installation By Its Meatpacking District Home