Allison Katz (b. 1980, Montreal, Canada) engages with the complex and at times contradictory nature of contemporary artistic production, embracing the ambiguity of communication with a playful and inquiring touch that expands the conventional notion of an artist’s “signature style.” Katz’s work operates in a poetic space between mirror and mask, between revealing and concealing what is presented, calling attention to the multiple layers of consciousness that reside in a painting’s surface and subject.
Allison Katz studied Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal and received her MFA from Columbia University in New York. Katz is included in the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani, on view through November 2022. Recent exhibitions include: Artery, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom at Nottingham Contemporary, which then traveled to Camden Art Centre, London (2021-2022). Additional significant institutional solo exhibitions of her work have been organized by: MIT List Center for the Arts, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Oakville Galleries, Ontario; and Kunstverein Freiburg. Notable recent group exhibitions include: Mixing It Up, Hayward Gallery, London; The Imaginary Sea, Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles; Maskulinitäten, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Paint, Also Known as Blood, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; and Puddle, Pothole, Portal, SculptureCenter, New York. A comprehensive monograph on Katz’s work was published by JRP|Editions, Geneva in 2020.