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  • Alex Katz x Barneys New York windows. Photo by Tom Sibly.

  • Art Production Fund x Alex Katz x Barneys New York capsule collection, photographed by Zabriskie and James Parker, and styled by Courtney Everton.

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Alex Katz collaborates with Barneys New York and Art Production Fund

Barneys New York has collaborated with American figurative painter Alex Katz and the Art Production Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, for a limited edition collection of homeware and accessories. The black and white collection includes a wide variety of items, from fashionable tote bags and portrait candles to floral scarves, dog-printed pillows and beach blankets, all representing the artist’s inimitable style.

Also available for sale will be a limited edition fine-art portfolio and trade book that the 87-year old artist has created in close collaboration with his son, poet Vincent Katz, published by Bernard Chauveau Éditeur. All items are available at a special pop-up store at the Madison Avenue flagship, at Barneys stores in Beverly Hills and Chicago, as well as online. Twenty-five percent of all retail sales from the Art Production Fund x Alex Katz x Barneys New York product collection will be donated to the Art Production Fund.

What’s more, Barneys has commissioned Katz to create a special mural that occupies all 4 of Barneys Madison Avenue windows. The 8-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide mural is one of the artist’s largest works to date and features portraits of 18 women, among them the artist’s beloved wife and longtime muse Ada, his friend Elizabeth McAvoy that has posed for him on numerous occasions in the past, as well as Yvonne Force Villareal, Doreen Remen and Casey Fremont, all members of the Art Production Fund.

I’ve been involved in fashion for quite some time and it seems natural to me. Art is supposed to be eternal and fashion is always moving, but I’ve learned that art moves just like fashion,” said Alex Katz in an interview with Barneys. “Working with Barneys and APF on this project has allowed me to extend my vision to the public, whether it’s to a passerby on Madison Avenue or on a dinner table. It’s very exciting,” he concluded. Katz’s monumental murals will remain on public display through June 14, 2015.