August 24, 2011
Anish Kapoor ‘Untitled’
Alex Katz ‘Vincent’
The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, with its world renowned collection of contemporary and award-winning architecture, has acquired major new works by artists Anish Kapoor and Alex Katz, adding to its exciting, diverse and innovative collection of contemporary art.
Talking about High’s latest editions, Michael Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr, Director, said:
“The High’s collection of contemporary art is growing in exciting and diverse ways, and signals our commitment to creating an anthology of important 21st-century works. We are grateful to Alex for his generous gift of ‘Twilight’ and look forward to adding to our holdings of his work; his extraordinary paintings bridge the Museum’s fine collection of post-painterly abstraction with his expanding collection of Pop art.”
Alex Katz was born in New York in 1927 and is a figurative artist who became best known for his involvement in the Pop art movement, particularly for his sculptures, paintings and prints.
The artist, who has been described as being “one of the most significant artists of his generation”, has had his work exhibited across the world, including more than 200 solo exhibitions, and almost 500 group exhibitions since 1951.
With the inspirational artist’s works being displayed in the world’s biggest galleries and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Sculpture Garde, it is no wonder the High Museum of Art is excited about being given Katz’s “Twilight” (1998) painting to enhance its exquisite collection that includes the works of many other Pop art sensations, including Andy Warhol and Chuck Close.
Also augmenting High’s devotion to building its collection of works by leading Pop art figures, is the British artist’s Anish Kapoor’s Turner Prize winning steel sculpture “Untitled” (2009).
The highly celebrated and influential artist was born in was in Bombay in 1954 and in 1973 moved to London. It was not until 1990 when his unique talents as an artist were recognised internationally when he was awarded the Premio Duemila prize whilst representing the UK.
Today his inspirational work is displayed at some of the most important art museums in the world, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
With the works of these two widely celebrated and leading contemporary artists on board, it will undoubtedly heighten and enrich the High Museum of Art’s reputation as the leading art museum in the South-eastern United States and one of the most visited art museums in the world.
For more information on the High Art Museum and its exhibitions visit high.org.