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Internationally renowned artist flies into Middlesbrough
A LEGEND of the postwar art world came to region last night (Monday, October 7) to see an exhibition of his work and talk about his life and career.
New Yorker, Alex Katz, 86, flew in his long time muse and wife, Ada, to see his work displayed at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima).
Mr Katz, who helped redefine art and make it accessible to a mass audience in the postwar period, has work permanently displayed in galleries around the world and his paintings are owned by more than 100 museums.
He admitted he had never heard of Middlesbrough but agreed to give An Audience With talk at the University of Teesside when he heard how his art is coming to smaller towns in the UK.
He said: “You get really big exhibitions in this country going to small towns, I remember going to the Orkneys, really out there.
"It attracts younger people in galleries in those places. I loved to hear how they’re bringing school children in here in Middlesbrough and the kids were copying my work.
"If this is an economically depressed area, art can help improve the whole town. It’s worked in Bilbao in Spain and in a smaller way at Margate in England. It can really help.”
The exhibition, Beneath the Surface, includes drawings and paintings from the New York born artist’s own personal collection and is on display at Mima until 13 October.
Mr Katz was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy Museum, New York in 2007.
Professor Gerda Roper, Dean of the School of Arts & Media, said: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome such an acclaimed artist with an international stature to Teesside University.”
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