Jack Whitten

 September 9 - October 27, 2009
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2009
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2009
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2009
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2009
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2009
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2009
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2009
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2009
Lateral Shift (2008)
Acrylic collage on canvas
36.25h x 8.25w in (92.08h x 20.96w cm)
Lateral Shift (2008)
Acrylic collage on canvas
36.25h x 8.25w in (92.08h x 20.96w cm)
Persian Echo II (1979) 
Acrylic on canvas 
22h x 22w in (55.88h x 55.88w cm)
Persian Echo II (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
22h x 22w in (55.88h x 55.88w cm)
Ancient Mentor I (1985)
Acrylic and oil on canvas
66.5h x 66.5w in (168.91h x 168.91w cm)
Ancient Mentor I (1985)
Acrylic and oil on canvas
66.5h x 66.5w in (168.91h x 168.91w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #1  (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
5.5h x 40w in (13.97h x 101.6w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #1 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
5.5h x 40w in (13.97h x 101.6w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #2  (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
5h x 36w in (12.7h x 91.44w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #2 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
5h x 36w in (12.7h x 91.44w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #3  (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
5.75h x 39.63w in (14.61h x 100.66w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #3 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
5.75h x 39.63w in (14.61h x 100.66w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #4  (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
7h x 29w in (17.78h x 73.66w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #4 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
7h x 29w in (17.78h x 73.66w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #5  (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
7h x 30w in (17.78h x 76.2w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #5 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
7h x 30w in (17.78h x 76.2w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #6  (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
7.25h x 40.75w in (18.42h x 103.51w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #6 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
7.25h x 40.75w in (18.42h x 103.51w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #7  (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
6.5h x 25w in (16.51h x 63.5w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #7 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
6.5h x 25w in (16.51h x 63.5w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #8  (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
6.75h x 31w in (17.15h x 78.74w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #8 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
6.75h x 31w in (17.15h x 78.74w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #9  (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
5.75h x 39w in (14.61h x 99.06w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #9 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
5.75h x 39w in (14.61h x 99.06w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #10 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
6.63h x 40w in (16.84h x 101.6w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #10 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
6.63h x 40w in (16.84h x 101.6w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #12  (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel 
4.63h x 40.13w in (11.76h x 101.93w cm)
Ribbons of Honor #12 (2009)
Acrylic collage on panel
4.63h x 40.13w in (11.76h x 101.93w cm)

About the Exhibition

Press Release PDF 2.7 MB

September 9 - October 27, 2009

Alexander Gray Associates

In the exhibition, small-scale paintings Ribbons of Honor (2009), demonstrates Jack Whitten’s ability to shock and awe with color, surface tension and geometry. In these works, described by the artist as “acrylic collages”, mixed-media and acrylic surfaces are adhered to painted panels. With geometric designs inspired by the modular forms of military ribbons, the soft pink under-glow of the verso of the panels offer a tension with the bold colors, glossy and shimmering ornamentation of the poured acrylic surfaces.

Providing grounding for these sculptural paintings, works from the late 1970s and mid-1980s were also on exhibit. In Persian Echo I and Persian Echo II (1979), black and white decorative patterns create a moire-effect over softer pillows of color, juxtaposing optical tricks and impressionistic abstraction. In Ancient Mentor (1985), a pixelated grid of pressed paint is treated with color, resulting in a play with Pointillism and computer circuitry. The exhibition was further punctuated with a new black and white painting, employing Whitten’s signature tessare forms, titled Lateral Shift (2008). This work, with its strong linear forms, recalls Whitten’s Theta series from the late 1970s, and draws inspiration from the 2008 presidential election.

Related Press

  • Jack Whitten Brooklyn Rail October 2009 PDF (123 K)
  • Jack Whitten New York Observer September 24, 2009 PDF (62 K)

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