American artist Alex Katz has just opened a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Here is an example of one of his famous yellow portraits. It pictures Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of American VOGUE, and is the first time it has been on display.
The only recognisable feature is her bob. Wintour looks in her early twenties, when it fact it was painted only last year. And this is the talent - and popularity - of Alex Katz. His shallow sunny style includes many portraits, both male and female, that have a timeless quality. His flattering paintings are a shallow record of his friends and social circle. Forget botox or cosmetic surgery, all it seems you need is a few sittings with Katz. Stick it in your loft and enjoy a la Dorian Gray!
Image: Anna Wintour, 2009 by Alex Katz
Copyright: Alex Katz courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery
15th May - 21st September 2010