Artist Alex Katz Debuts H&M Collab

Alex Katz at the H&M party at Art Basel - Publicity-H 2016
Courtesy of H&M

Because Art Basel is about fashion, too.

What better place to launch an artist-fashion collaboration than at Art Basel in Miami Beach? H&M launched its latest Fashion Loves Art collection with the legendary artist Alex Katz Wednesday night at The Miami Beach Edition hotel.

Model Karolina Kurkova, gallerists Gavin Brown and Thaddaeus Ropac, artist Hope Atherton and Paper magazine editor Kim Hastreiter hosted the event. Nelly Furtado performed for guests. Katz’s portraits — including one of Brown and Katz’s model wife, Ada Katz — graced the capsule collection, which consists of T-shirts, a tote bag, throw pillows, a maxi dress, a scarf and tops.

Katz told THR he was pleased with the collection, which is available at select Miami H&M stores and online. "The only thing I could say was, I thought some black lettering should be white," he said.

The artist revealed that supermodel Christy Turlington declined to allow her portrait by Katz to be in the collection. “She didn’t want to be in the series, which is understandable,” said Katz. “It wasn’t a big deal to me one way or the other because they were doing it.”

When asked if he would ever paint a portrait of President-elect Donald Trump, Katz replied, “Pretty unlikely.”

Katz also mentioned that he shops at H&M. “I’ve bought some polo shirts there before,” said the 89-year-old artist.

He can certainly stock up; a painting by the artist from Paris gallery Thaddaeus Ropac sold for $550,000 at Art Basel.