The Alex Katz show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is well worth seeing (through July 29). One of the great things about a printmaker such as Katz is that there are 50-70 copies of each work out there and it is easy for a museum to gather 100 percent of the artist’s best work for display. The prints are notable for their size and the ability of the artist to communicate economically. For those familiar with Katz’s portraits, some of the landscape work will be shocking, particularly some prints of reflections in a pond. Encountering these after looking at the portraits is kind of like watching an Olympic skater fall.
If you have kids, make sure to take them to the adjacent model ship gallery where the pull-out drawers containing curios will delight.