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Artists Katz and Salle give CMCA lecture

Jul 11, 2019
Photo by: Oliver Katz/Robert Wright Alex Katz and David Salle

ROCKLAND — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to its 2019 Distinguished Lecture presented by artists Alex Katz and David Salle on Tuesday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m., at The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Tickets are $15 for CMCA members, $20 for non-members and are available for purchase online at or by calling 701-5005. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the lecture at CMCA, 21 Winter St.

Two of the most esteemed contemporary artists of our time, Alex Katz and David Salle have been friends for more than 35 years. In that time they have had hundreds of conversations on art, philosophy, culture and life. CMCA is honored to welcome the two iconic artists for an evening of lively and candid conversation as they discuss looking at art through the lens of history, fashion and aesthetics.

Katz is one of the most prolific and influential painters of today. He has had more than 200 solo exhibitions in many of the world’s major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and most recently at l’Orangerie in Paris, where he was invited to exhibit his series of paintings of water lilies alongside those of Monet. Katz is also the author of the recently published “Looking at Art with Alex Katz” (Laurence King Publishing, 2018), a book that has been described as “a walk through art history in the company of America’s foremost painter.”

Salle is an internationally renowned painter and printmaker who helped define postmodern sensibility. He is also a prolific writer on art. His essays and reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, Interview, and numerous exhibition catalogs and anthologies. His recent collection of critical essays, “How to See” (W.W. Norton, 2016), has been called “a master class in contemporary art by one of the preeminent painters of our time.” Salle’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Now in its sixth year, the CMCA Annual Distinguished Lecture brings to Maine some of the leading artists and cultural thinkers of today. For additional information about this year’s lecture or CMCA, please visit or call 701-5005.

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