Jack Whitten

 September 13 - October 20, 2007
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2007
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2007
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2007
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2007
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2007
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2007
Rho I (1977 )
Acrylic on canvas
72h x 84w in (182.88h x 213.36w cm)
Rho I (1977 )
Acrylic on canvas
72h x 84w in (182.88h x 213.36w cm)
U.S.A. Oracle (1986) (1986 )
Acrylic on canvas
84h x 72w in (213.36h x 182.88w cm)
U.S.A. Oracle (1986) (1986 )
Acrylic on canvas
84h x 72w in (213.36h x 182.88w cm)
Topographical Space #11 (1974 )
Dry pigment on paper 
8h x 11.5w in (20.32h x 29.21w cm)
Topographical Space #11 (1974 )
Dry pigment on paper
8h x 11.5w in (20.32h x 29.21w cm)
Topographical Space #4 (1974 )
Dry pigment and pastel on paper
8h x 11.5w in (20.32h x 29.21w cm)
Topographical Space #4 (1974 )
Dry pigment and pastel on paper
8h x 11.5w in (20.32h x 29.21w cm)
Topographical Space #6 (1974 )
Dry pigment on paper 
8h x 11.5w in (20.32h x 29.21w cm)
Topographical Space #6 (1974 )
Dry pigment on paper
8h x 11.5w in (20.32h x 29.21w cm)
Topographical Space #7 ( 1974 )
Dry pigment on paper 
8h x 11.5w in (20.32h x 29.21w cm)
Topographical Space #7 ( 1974 )
Dry pigment on paper
8h x 11.5w in (20.32h x 29.21w cm)
E Stamp #1 for Billy (Little Bo Peep) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)
E Stamp #1 for Billy (Little Bo Peep) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)
E-Stamp II (The Black Butterfly: For Bobby Short) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)
E-Stamp II (The Black Butterfly: For Bobby Short) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)
E Stamp III (Red Velvet: For Marcia Tucker) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)
E Stamp III (Red Velvet: For Marcia Tucker) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)
E-Stamp IV (Five Spirals: For Al Loving) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)
E-Stamp IV (Five Spirals: For Al Loving) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)

About the Exhibition

Press Release PDF 1.1 MB

September 13 - October 20, 2007

Alexander Gray Associates

In this exhibition, Jack Whitten presented a selection of recent and historical works, including a group of 1970s works on paper made during one of the first Xerox artist-in residencies. Also on view is a rare 1970s painting, one of Whitten’s process-based approached to abstraction, and a companion to works in the permanent collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. These works have been read as visual metaphors of Vietnam-era war images broadcast on television, and references early experimental video practices of the 1970s, with its dynamic black and white horizontal lines and ghosted movement. Whitten’s 1980s explorations of surface and relief are in evidence with USA Oracle (1986), a monochrome made of a single cast surface of silver acrylic paint, creating a densely textured topography of screens, meshes, imprints, and gesture. Recent works in the show are highlights from Whitten’s ongoing memorial series. A series of uniformly square paintings are constructed out of mosaics of cast acrylic paint, creating pixilated designs honoring Whitten’s late friends and colleagues, including Al Loving, Al Held, Bobby Short, and Marcia Tucker.

Related Press

  • Whitten New Yorker October 15, 2007 PDF (32 K)

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