Honoree 2019

Alex Katz

Cindy and Howard Rachofsky and Lisa and John Runyon, hosts for the annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, are pleased to announce Alex Katz as the featured artist for 2019. Katz (b. 1927, Brooklyn, NY), a preeminent painter of life and time, is acclaimed for his iconic portraits and sublime landscapes. The now 91-year-old Katz has inspired generations of painters.

“As TWO x TWO enters its third decade and with the transition to our new leadership with Lisa and John Runyon at the helm, the choice to ask Alex was an easy one and unanimous. Alex Katz is an anchor in the contemporary art community and his influence on young painters will undoubtedly continue for generations to come. Cindy and I are grateful to have Alex Katz as the 2019 Honoree. We also thank Gavin Brown and his gallery for their unwavering support of Alex and for their longtime support of TWO x TWO.” -Howard Rachofsky

Katz’s work has been the subject of numerous retrospectives and solo presentations over the course of his encompassing career. His work is included in the permanent collections of over one hundred museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Tate, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; el Museum Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo; and the National Galerie, Berlin.

As part of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 2019, Katz will receive the amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS in recognition of his generous support of amfAR’s programs. Past TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art honorees include renowned artists Dana Schutz, Jonas Wood, Laura Owens, Ellsworth Kelly, Wade Guyton, Luc Tuymans, Richard Phillips, Mark Grotjahn, Christopher Wool, Peter Doig, Jim Hodges, Elizabeth Peyton, Tom Friedman, Cecily Brown, Julian Schnabel, April Gornik, Ed Ruscha, Joel Shapiro, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Credit: Alex Katz, 2004. Photograph by Vivien Bittencourt.