I see in these Katz appreciations a sense of the same feeling of freedom from anyone else's ideas about how his work should appear. The homage is not so much for what Monet did, but for the artistic liberty his status provided and the subsequent integrity of his results. Katz has, for much of his career, had a different kind of identity, but it was always his. He is speaking back to Monet not so much for the subject of his paintings but to the nature of his life in art.

Ken Greenleaf can be reached atken.greenleaf@gmail.com.

"ALEX KATZ: NEW WORK" | through Jan 2, 2011 | at Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St, Rockland | 207.596.6457 | Reception Sep 3 @ 5-8 pm

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