Magazine article Tate Etc.

Alex Katz's Night Branch 1994

Magazine article Tate Etc.

Alex Katz's Night Branch 1994

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Last night you had a dream you were home. You are sitting in the attic of your old apartment listening to the branches tapping against the window. They move frequently, and the sound lulls you to sleep, establishing a rhythm that is at once irregular and constant. In-between the branches, flecks of light pierce haphazardly through the window. One fragment of light, no larger than the distance between your fingers, traces a movement around your feet. Its presence dissolves the division between your apartment and the world, compelling you to approach the branches, which until now had belonged to another existence. Your face is pressed against the window; its façade meets the outline of your flesh. Frosted lips, icy fingers. These are the first points of contact you make with the branches. A certain material presence - foreign and unhomely - can be felt outside your home. The situation grips you. You feel vindicated by your decision to move from the chair to the window. …

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