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At 84, the artist awaits his show at the MFA with characteristic energy and engagement

Alex Katz watches the sequencing of his works for his show opening Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts. Alex Katz watches the sequencing of his works for his show opening Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
By Mark Feeney
Globe Staff / April 22, 2012
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Alex Katz is walking through the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts. He has spent the morning helping hang “Alex Katz Prints,” a large retrospective that opens Saturday. The artist surveys the gallery and nods approvingly. “This is pretty much fixed,” Katz says. His smile is barely perceptible. “Nothing bothers me now.” Not that much should. Now 84, Katz long ago forged one of the most distinctive, enduring, and recognizable styles in American art.

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ALEX KATZ PRINTS

At: Museum of Fine Arts, April 28-July 29. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org