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“An immensely readable book.” – The Guardian

“An engaging and entertaining tour through the history of art.” – House – Garden

“Never has writing about the great artists been so concise, so precise, and so insightful” a-n

“The book beautifully mixes…personal recollections and musings with Katz’s broader reflections on art history, and his notions of what makes a great painting.” Elephant Magazine


“[Katz] talks about the work of some 90 artists and a handful of poets with the intimacy and candor you might expect when taking a walk through a museum with a friend. Opinions, observations and insights about artists from every age are delivered with an entertaining directness that makes for an engaging and illuminating experience. Like his paintings, the book offers readily accessible pleasure delivered with brevity and wit that are underpinned by a profound understanding of ideas, techniques and possibilities in the world of art.” Artists Magazine

Have you ever dreamt of having your own private museum tour with one of the world’s most-celebrated artists? Take a walk through art history in the company of one of the pre-eminent American painters of our time, Alex Katz.

Describing his personal encounters with the work of over 90 key artists, Katz’s observations offer a fluent, vivid and incisive view, making Looking at Art with Alex Katz the perfect guide both for those looking for an introduction to the world of visual art, and anyone looking for a fresh view on their favorite artist. Includes entries on: Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Paul Cézanne, Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Doig, Alberto Giacometti, Philip Guston, David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Edvard Munch, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Rembrandt, Henri Rousseau, Titian, Luc Tuymans, Vincent van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer and more.