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Massive Mural By Alex Katz To Be Mounted Near New Whitney Museum

Artist Alex Katz (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for MOCA)

Artist Alex Katz (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for MOCA)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A monumental mural by artist Alex Katz will soon be mounted directly across from the new location of the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District.

The work by the locally-based artist is titled “Katherine and Elizabeth.”

The 17-foot-by-29-foot digital print depicting close-ups of two friends will flank the TF Cornerstone building. It will be visible from the nearby High Line.

It is expected to be installed in September.

The mural part of a series of planned public art installations in the space that will feature different American artists. The museum is collaborating with TF Cornerstone and High Line Art on the five-year project.

The Whitney is moving from its longtime location on Madison Avenue to a new $720 million Renzo Piano-designed building on Gansevoort Street next spring.

The asymmetrical design at the entrance to the High Line elevated park is projected to open in 2015. The new building will include more than 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space on a series of rooftops facing the High Line.

The building will also house an education center and a 170-seat theater.

The museum has occupied its current Madison Avenue building since 1966.

The museum was founded by heiress Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. It has 18,000 American artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries.

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