Steve McQueen gets a profile in The Guardian this week, as he prepares to open his first Tate Modern retrospective, and reflects on the arc of his career and work. “What I do as an artist is, I think, to do with my own life experience,” he says. “I came of age in a school which was a microcosm of the world around me. One day, you’re together as a group, the next, you are split up by people who think certain people are better than you. It was kind of interesting to observe that.”
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b. July 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Represented Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and Robert Miller Gallery and Pace Wildenstein in New York
Katz is a figural Pop artist working primarily in paintings, prints, and sculptures. He was influenced by Jackson Polluck and other Abstract Expressionists. His first solo show was in 1954, an exhibition of paintings at the Roko Gallery in New York.
He received minimal fame at the age of 80, as art circles saw him as a major American painter. He was presented an honorary doctorate from Colby College in 1984.