Saturday, January 2

Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting

Black Monolith, II: Homage To Ralph Ellison The Invisible Man, 1994
"For 50 years, Jack Whitten has explored the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist, and the allure of material essence in his innovative studio process. With compositions that are abstract and elegiac, Whitten foregrounds the material properties of paint—pigmentation, viscosity, and mark—to capture the momentary and suggest the enduring. ... Whitten’s poetic and physically compelling compositions reinvent the medium of painting time and again—from his series of small 'ghost' paintings of the 1960s, his smeared test slabs and dragged canvases of the 1970s, and his collaged acrylic 'skins' of the 1980s to his more recent tessellated constructions of paint tiles. ..."
Alexander Gray Associates
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YouTube: Five Decades of Painting, The Art of Jack Whitten