Alex Katz: New York Is a ‘Very Uncivilized City’

Still from "Tateshots: Alex Katz" (Courtesy Tateshots)

On the occasion of his newly opened exhibition at Tate St. Ives that shows British and international modern and contemporary art, New York-based painter Alex Katz led curator Martin Clark around his studio for the latest TateShots video, “Alex Katz.” The artist shows 30 canvases, from the early work up to the present, reminisced about his school days at Cooper Union in the 50s when Jackson Pollock “hit” and “New York changed completely.” Read More

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Christo: Art World Is a ‘Terribly Private Club’

Still from 'Christo' (Courtesy TateShots)

“It’s almost like a poker game,” quips Christo in the new video by TateShots, in which the artist expounds for three minutes on the difficulties he and his late partner Jeanne-Claude have faced since the 1960’s when they began proposing art projects in which they would wrap buildings, walkways, trees and monuments in millions of square feet of fabric—or their “gentle disturbances” as he calls them. “Fifty years, 22 projects and we’ve failed to get permission for 37.” Read More