Allison Katz’s work is driven by a curiosity for the everyday, language, oral and written history, and her own experience. Primarily a painter, Katz refuses formal or thematic coherence across her work opting instead for a non-hierarchical approach generated by humor and observation. While consistently figurative, her work spans a wide spectrum of subject, scale, technique, and style. A constellation of ideas and associations—functioning like a notebook, at times unpredictable or contradictory—her paintings always consider larger existential concerns. Her List Center exhibition Diary w/o Dates centers around a new series of twelve paintings that take their point of departure from the French Revolutionary Calendar, a 12-year experiment in restructuring time.
Allison Katz (b. 1980, Montreal, Canada) has mounted solo exhibitions at the Kunstverein Freiburg in Germany (2015) and the ICA Studio in London (2015). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK (2017), South London Gallery, UK (2014) and SculptureCenter, New York (2014) in addition to recent collaborations with DAS INSTITUT at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2016) and Fredrik Vaerslev at Bergen Kunsthall, Norway and Le Consortium, France (2016 - 2017). Diary w/o Dates is Katz’s first solo institutional exhibition in the United States.
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Diary w/o Dates is organized in collaboration with the Oakville Galleries, Ontario and is curated by Frances Loeffler, Curator, Oakville Galleries and Yuri Stone, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.
Exhibitions at the List Center are made possible with the support of Fotene Demoulas & Tom Coté, Audrey & James Foster, Jane & Neil Pappalardo, Cynthia & John Reed, and Terry & Rick Stone.
General operating support is provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Council for the Arts at MIT; Philip Khoury, Associate Provost at MIT; the MIT School of Architecture + Planning; the Mass Cultural Council, and many generous individual donors. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.