Face of the Poet: Alex Katz’s Poetry Collaborations, 1969–1978

Taking its title from Alex Katz’s Face of the Poet (1978), a group of aquatint portraits of fourteen poets—including Ann Lauterbach, Kenneth Koch, and Peter Schjeldahl—this exhibition is a focused look at Katz’s early poetry collaborations, an ongoing aspect of his work. In addition to the Face of the Poet group …

Using the Alex Katz Archive

Administrative Information
The Archive is accessible at the Museum by appointment only. No part of the archive is restricted from research use. Those interested in learning more about the contents of the Alex Katz Archive or requesting an appointment should contact Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Siera Hyte at [email protected] or …

Alex Katz Collection

The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz presents rotating selections from the Colby Museum’s comprehensive holdings of paintings, painted sculptures, and works on paper by this renowned American artist. On view are numerous examples of Katz’s iconic figurative works, including the monumental painting Pas de Deux from 1983, a …

Alex Katz: Drawings

Selected from the Alex Katz Collection, this exhibition offers an overview of Alex Katz’s drawing practice, from ink sketches to carefully finished graphite drawings constituted by the effects of light and pose.

Interior Visions: Selections from the Collection by Alex Katz

Curated by Alex Katz
Interior Visions, the third installation of Rediscoveries, is curated by the artist Alex Katz. The Rediscoveries exhibition series invites members of the Colby College community to select and arrange artworks from the Museum’s collection. For Interior Visions, Katz has selected a group of modern and contemporary paintings and works on …

Alex Katz: Maine/New York

Curated by Carter Ratcliff
Curated by Carter Ratcliff, Alex Katz: Maine/New Yorkconsiders the art of Alex Katz from the paired perspectives of his longtime artistic milieus—New York City and Maine. Drawn from the holdings of the Colby College Museum of Art, the collection of the artist, and selected loans, paintings in this exhibition …

Nowhere but Here: Art from the Alex Katz Foundation

Nowhere but Here: Art from the Alex Katz Foundation, presents more than 40 modern and contemporary works given to the Colby College Museum of Art by the Alex Katz Foundation. Included in the exhibition are dynamic abstractions by Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and Elizabeth Murray, which appear in the context of contemporary portraiture by Tanyth …

Alex Katz: A Matter of Light

Curated by Diana Tuite

Whatever the medium in which he works, artist Alex Katz endeavors to record his experience of optical sensations. Featuring an array of prints, drawings, and paintings from the permanent collection, this installation demonstrates Katz’s study of light and shadow and, especially, their relationships to flat color. In his depiction of …

Alex Katz: Assembly II

Curated by Diana Tuite
Alluding to artist Alex Katz‘s preoccupation with the sociability of forms, be they figures or flowers, this second installment ofAssembly once again draws together a range of subjects in diverse media. This selection of paintings, works on paper, and cutouts attests to Katz‘s concern with the interrelationships among individuals …

A Conversation With Alex Katz

For the opening of the Paul J. Schupf Wing, in 1996, Alex Katz answered questions about the building and about his relationship with Colby and the state of Maine. Here is a transcript of that interview.
What made you decide to make such a substantial gift to Colby College?
Alex Katz: There was a project …

Banner Image: Sanford Robinson Gifford, A Twilight in the Adirondacks, 1864, Oil on canvas, 10 1/2 in. x 18 1/2 in., The Lunder Collection, 2013.130
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