Alex Katz, Rosamond and John (2007), Oil on linen, 48 x 120 in., Promised Gift of the artist.

Since the beginning of October of last year, a small, sharply focused installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has celebrated the work of Alex Katz.1 It will continue to do so through June 26. Seven paintings from the Met’s collection, recent gifts, or promised gifts, document the artist’s mature career from its start to the present—the most economical retrospective...

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