Stanley Whitney

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Stanley Whitney
artist's name: Stanley Whitney
preferred medium: painting
genre: new abstaction
nationality: US
born: 1946
born in: Philadelphia
lives in: New York
artist's / gallery's website: Stanley Whitney

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Stanley Whitney - Profile

For his debut Los Angeles exhibition, Stanley Whitney presents a body of brand new paintings employing his decades-old compositional approach: gridded squares of pigment, divided by thin horizontal lines. By allowing color to provide structure, Whitney erases the partition between these two essential components of the medium. While the works are characterized by their improvisational nature, they are wrought with a discernable logic – the artist’s understanding of color is as studied as it is preternatural.
Whitney’s works are concerned with volume more so than with mark-making or texturality. The systemic paintings are enlivened by the coloristic connectivity between individual squares: every itinerant shade recurs repeatedly as the eye moves up and down, left to right, appearing each time new, metamorphosed by its neighbors. Never static or redundant, the blocks are endlessly ambulatory, charging the whole with a seemingly infinite density.
The otherworldly specificity of Whitney’s pigments comes from variations in layering, transparency and opacity – no color can be taken at face value. Despite their strict, almost mechanical framework, the paintings are defined by a distinct humanity and freedom.  Team Gallery

10 important exhibitions with Stanley Whitney

Exhibition Exhibitor City Country Start date
documenta 14 Kassel: Von Athen lernen documenta Kassel DE 10.06.2017
FOCUS: Stanley Whitney The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Fort Worth US 21.01.2017
Duro Olowu Camden Arts Centre London GB 19.06.2016
Stanley Whitney Dance the Orange Studio Museum Harlem New York US 16.07.2015
Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (CAMH) Houston US 25.01.2014
STANLEY WHITNEY Team Gallery New York US 07.01.2010
I remember Clifford, still Christine König Galerie Wien AT 13.11.2009

influential curators having exhibited works of Stanley Whitney:

Adam Szymczyk

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important awards & residencies from Stanley Whitney:

The American Academy of Arts and Letters: Awards