Posted by on December 31, 2016

by Carter Ratcliff

illustrations by Alex Katz

13 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

48 Pages


Printed in Holland in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. Typeface is Cornivus. The portraits were printed duotone. It is a softcover edition, however books are sewn and bound into sturdy covers with a dustjacket.

Carter Ratcliff is a poet but is perhaps better known for his books on Andy Warhol, John Singer Sargent, Robert Longo, Red Grooms, and other writings on Comtemporary artists.

Little needs to be said about Alex Katz, America’s foremost portrait painter.


“Katz was inspired to this high-art rogue’s gallery by Ratcliff’s poetry, which has developed from the often abstract and cunningly sublime work of the early 70’s to the more immediately comprehensible jazzy, Hollywood, detective-story ridiculousness – and brilliance – of these later poems… Katz’s portraits make for friendly but shady characters, unknown to the viewer, or maybe hastily recognized. They eerily, lovingly inhabit the poems as gangsters, or victims, or the man on the street, or the poet who came in from the cold, or none of these – just peculiar presence active in the poetic environment. We long for more such collaborations in these rather air-headed days of punk and junk: private harmonies between artist and poet, gone public in a big way.”
– Gerrit Henry

“Damon Runyon is held up in an alley by two of the best artists in town!”
– Red Grooms

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