National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
Caught in the Act: The Artist at Work Selections from the Paul Katz Archive and Related Collections

Image: Paul Katz (American, 1942) at the Cloisters, New York, 1973 (photographer unknown) Paul Katz Archive  In 2008 Paul Katz, an artist and photographer for the Guggenheim Museum in New York, donated more than 1,500 examples of his work to the National Gallery of Art Library's department of image collections—negatives, vintage photographs, and color transparencies that depict his friends in the Manhattan art world from the 1960s to 1980s. Capturing both introspective moments and expressive gestures, Katz took not only posed shots and portraits of artists relaxing with friends and colleagues but also multiple frames of artists in the process of creating works of art. Among the individuals represented in the Paul Katz Archive at the National Gallery are Alfred Jensen, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, and Robert Motherwell.

The Katz Archive joins more than 1,000 other photographs of artists, including some self-portraits, in the Gallery's department of image collections. Subjects in the portrait collection range from photographs taken for the Paris Salon exhibitions of the late 19th century to documentary images of artists working with the printmaking team at Graphicstudio at the University of South Florida in the late 20th century.

Augmenting the exhibition of images from the Katz Archive, other photographs on display include Christo, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, and David Smith at work. A small selection of rare books and 19th-century photographs of artists has also been presented to demonstrate the variety and richness of the Library's holdings.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

National Gallery of Art, March 23-May 17, 2009

Passes are not required for this exhibition.

The exhibition is on view in the National Gallery's East Building Ground Level, Library