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Alex Katz : five hours

Author: Alex Katz; Vivien Bittencourt; Vincent Katz; Checkerboard Foundation.; Microcinema, Inc.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Microcinema International, [2010?]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the most important contemporary American artists, Alex Katz is the fascinating subject of this documentary. His signature style of flat-surface realism is captured here on video by his son Vincent and daughter-in-law Vivien Bittencourt, who follow Katz during a day of completing a painting. His work style draws on years of experience and involves the utmost concentration. In Alex Katz: Five Hours, the artist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short films
Nonfiction films
Documentary films
Named Person: Alex Katz
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Katz; Vivien Bittencourt; Vincent Katz; Checkerboard Foundation.; Microcinema, Inc.
OCLC Number: 501185312
Notes: Originally produced in 1996.
Documentary.
Credits: Editor, Henry Hills ; music, Meredith Monk.
Performer(s): Alex Katz.
Event notes: Shows Alex Katz painting January III (oil on canvas, 78 1/2 x 165 inches) on May 2, 1992 in his studio in New York. Finishing the painting took five hours.
Description: 1 videodisc (20 min.) : sd., color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC, all regions; full screen presentation.
Other Titles: Alex Katz, five hours
Five hours
Responsibility: produced & directed by Vivien Bittencourt and Vincent Katz ; produced by Checkerboard Foundation, Inc.

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One of the most important contemporary American artists, Alex Katz is the fascinating subject of this documentary. His signature style of flat-surface realism is captured here on video by his son Vincent and daughter-in-law Vivien Bittencourt, who follow Katz during a day of completing a painting. His work style draws on years of experience and involves the utmost concentration. In Alex Katz: Five Hours, the artist is working on his painting "January III". With no dialogue, but with the evocative music of Meridith Monk, this video captures the essence of an artist and his commitment to the experience of painting.

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Alex Katz: Five Hours

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Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Alex Katz was filmed in 1992 in his studio in New York, creating January III, a large triptych (6ft by 14ft) oil on canvas. The painting took five hours to create, and the entire creation was distilled down to 20 minutes for this DVD.

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