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  • Walter Richard Sickert, The Front at Hove (Turpe Senex Miles Turpe Senilis Amor), 1930, Oil paint on canvas, 63.5 x 76.2 cm Courtesy of Tate
  • Henri Rousseau, Bouquet of Flowers c.1909-10, Oil paint on canvas, 61 x 49.5 cm  Courtesy of Tate  Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933
  • JMW Turner, Seascape with Storm Coming On c1840, Oil paint on canvas, 91.4 x 121.6 cm  Courtesy of Tate Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 N04445
  • Alex Katz, Round Hill, 1977, Oil on Linen, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Partial and Promised Gift of Barry and Julie Smooke Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    Digital Image © 2012 Museum Associates / LACMA
Sat 6 Oct 2012 - Sun 20 Jan 2013

A superb personal selection of works from the Tate Collection, chosen by Alex Katz, including works by George Stubbs, JMW Turner, Walter Sickert, Henri Rousseau, Francis Picabia, Chaim Soutine, Piet Mondrian, David Hockney and Marlene Dumas. 

Developed in collaboration with Tate St Ives.  

Watch a film with Alex Katz

See Alex Katz talk about his work in the Tate Shots film at the bottom of this page. This exhibition is a collaboration with Tate St Ives, where the exhibition is on show until 23 September before travelling to Margate.

Watch a film with Alex Katz and his interview with Matthew Collings

On the opening day of Give Me Tomorrow, Alex Katz talked to artist and broadcaster Matthew Collings in front of a live audience about his exhibition at Turner Contemporary. Watch the film at the bottom of this page.

Read Katrina Naomi's Katz inspired poems

Poet Katrina Naomi was commissioned to write two poems based on works in the exhibitions for our Spotlight tours on 26 October and 4 January. You can read Katrina's poems below. You can download the poems at the bottom of this page.

City Night, after Alex Katz
Every office block has its wants,
opening windows to see past the black and grey
– the colours of the moon – to breathe in 
the city’s taste: the fumes of beerish talk, 
a park’s clean jasmine; the tang of laughter, 
of shouts, of brakes; the sacrifice of trucks, 
the modern jazz of trains.

In the absence of stars, 
I want to break the code of a skyscraper’s lights –
panes spelling letters in a language I don’t speak,
where bricks and steel focus their dreams
into fluorescent invitations to their own kind, 
since buildings can’t choose who they meet
and many are lonely at night.

Give Me Black
'I paint the white as well as the black,
and the white is just as important' – Franz Kline
Here’s my signature   three hairs free of the ferrule
No longer mere wood   tin and brush
I drink paint   relax on white with a smooth stroke
then something kicks in   a love of destruction
I wreck myself   painting energy   fasterfasterfaster
struggling to brag onto the canvas   a frenzy of black
before I’m done   drowning 
in turps   back among the smaller brushes
for I’m big   Whoever said size doesn’t matter
lies   Yes   I’m big   Transatlantic   I’m for chaos
for drama   for loud   I scream oil
And if I don’t give you emotion
I’ll retire to painting sheds   




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