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Quotes by Alex Katz - (30 quotes)

Alex Katz - From the Aging category:

Most painters, when they get older, they get worse. And the real good ones get better. This is, like, my stab at saying 'I got better.' (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Artists category:

I thought to be an artist you had to be a genius or something. It was that 19th century idea... but with hard work, I got to be good. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Audience category:

We compete for audiences, as artists. I'm competing with the Abstract Expressionist guys. I'll knock 'em off the wall. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Beginning category:

Sometimes it takes me days or weeks to get something clear in my head on what I want to do. Everything is in steps. One thing leads to another. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Boredom category:

When things get overstated they become boring. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Competition category:

I want to compete with the kids. I'm there with the kids. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Contemporary Art category:

Most contemporary artists are behind the bubble in time. They're making videos that are so incredibly boring compared to a good movie. Or they're making work where I say, 'You realize minimal art is 50 or 60 years old?' That's what I tell people to shock them. They just blanch. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Desire category:

I always felt I could do whatever I wanted as long as it related to live art and live art issues. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Desperation category:

If you're going to go for 'it' you have a common thing you share with other artists; that's desperation. You jump out a window style-wise. Try to put it together before you hit the ground. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Effort category:

Make a painting you can work on for a long period, and make it look like it doesn't show any effort. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Fashion category:

Fashion is ephemeral. Any symbol of that thing that is really new in fashion instantly becomes mortal. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Fear category:

You have to be a little scared of what you're doing. Otherwise, you just paint the same masterpiece a little worse. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Ideas category:

You usually want to get something out of a painting other than the ideas that you had in your head. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Interest category:

What's in front of me is what's most interesting. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Knowledge category:

If you know what you're doing, you're doing dull stuff. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Masters category:

Painting seems an old man's business. After a certain time you're out of it, and you just paint masterpieces. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Opposites category:

I like to make an image that is so simple you can't avoid it, and so complicated you can't figure it out. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Painting category:

Part of what I'm about is seeing how I can paint the same thing differently instead of different things the same way. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Profession category:

My mother thought I would have a hard life as a painter. My father thought the highest thing a person could be was an architect. Below that was a painter. So he thought it was much better than being, say, a doctor. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Progress category:

Actually, you want to go into an area where you're frightened. Otherwise, you're just going to be repainting beautiful paintings, but a little duller each time. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Realism category:

Realist painting has to do with leaving out a lot of detail. I think my painting can be a little shocking in all that it leaves out. But what happens is that the mind fills in what's missing... Painting is a way of making you see what I saw. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Selling category:

A New York audience generally likes decorative paintings, and decorative paintings go with the couch. If you change the couch, you change the painting. And when you're coming up, and the paintings aren't first-class decoration, you're at a disadvantage for publicity and sales. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Studio category:

The room in which I spend most of my life is as beautiful as I can make it. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Style category:

The abstract expressionists had that thing of, subject matter becomes content, content becomes form. And I always thought there was no room for style. I felt with my painting, the style really is the content. The style holds everything together. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Talent category:

- reply to question by Richard Prince, 'What about God-given talents?'...
I think there is more lost talent than given talent. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Temperament category:

You have to find what your temperament is like and live around it. I find I work really well off the top of my head because you get the unconscious into it. Otherwise, it's just an idea. And I'm not so hot there. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Thinking category:

Paint faster than you can think. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Time category:

To paint fast is to start with one side of your mind, let go and let the other side do it. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Windows category:

One day I just looked out the window and just decided I was going to paint a window. (Alex Katz)

Alex Katz - From the Work category:

Most important, for openers, work six hours a day for seven days a week for six years. Then, if you like it, you can get serious about it. (Alex Katz)