Jack Whitten

Zeno X Gallery

March 18 – May 7, 2011

The Wall (2009) and Reclamation: For Roy De Carava (2010)
Installation view

Reclamation: For Roy De Carava (2010)
Installation view

The Wall (2009)
Installation view

Cultural Shift (A.K.A. The Lena Horne Jubilee) (2010)
Installation view

Cultural Shift (A.K.A. The Lena Horne Jubilee) (2010)
Installation view

Syntax #12, Syntax #11, Syntax #13
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Ode to Monet #4 (2010)
Installation view

Ode to Monet #1, Ode to Monet #2, Ode to Monet #6
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Ode to Monet #5 (2010)
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Radiator Drawing #2, Radiator Drawing #3
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The Wall (2009)
Acrylic on canvas
35h x 31.38w in (88.9h x 79.71w cm)

Cultural Shift (A.K.A. The Lena Horne Jubilee) (2010)
Acrylic on canvas
311.2w x 82.3d in (790.45w x 209.04d cm)

Reclamation: For Roy De Carava (2010)
Acrylic on canvas
44.25h x 198.5w in (112.4h x 504.19w cm)

Syntax #1 (2010)
Dry pigment on rice paper
6.75h x 24.5w in (17.15h x 62.23w cm)

Syntax #12 (2010)
Dry pigment on rice paper
6.25h x 24.5w in (15.88h x 62.23w cm)

Syntax #11 (2010)
Dry pigment on rice paper
6.75h x 23.5w in (17.15h x 59.69w cm)

Radiator Drawing #2 (2010)
Graphite on rice paper
19.5h x 27w in (49.53h x 68.58w cm)

Radiator Drawing #3 (2010)
Graphite on rice paper
19.5h x 27w in (49.53h x 68.58w cm)

Ode To Monet #1 (2010)
Oil stick on rice paper
16.5h x 21w in (41.91h x 53.34w cm)

Ode to Monet #2 (2010)
Oil stick on rice paper
12h x 16.5w in (30.48h x 41.91w cm)

Ode to Monet #6 (2010)
Graphite and oil stick on rice paper
12h x 16w in (30.48h x 40.64w cm)

Ode to Monet #5 (2010)
Graphite and oil stick on rice paper
26.5h x 19.63w in (67.31h x 49.86w cm)

Ode to Monet #4 (2010)
Graphite and oil stick on rice paper
26.5h x 20w in (67.31h x 50.8w cm)

Press Release

Zeno X Gallery
Antwerp, Belgium

Zeno X Gallery is very pleased to announce a solo show with American artist Jack Whitten (°1939, lives and works in New York). For his first solo show with the gallery, Jack Whitten will exhibit three paintings and ten works on paper.

On view at the gallery are three new collage-paintings, built up piece by piece with acrylic tesserae and casts in intriguing forms and colors. In the work Cultural Shift (A.K.A. The Lena Horne Jubilee) the grid-like background of black and white tesserae gives the impression of passing clouds on which small islands, made of all kind of bottle bottoms casted in cheerful, glittering colors, seem to drift. The work is a meditation on the tremendous changes taking place in modern society and is dedicated to the recently deceased Lena Horne, a famous Afro-American singer, actress and human rights activist. In the artist’s words, ‘the work is a celebratory attempt to come to terms with the enormous societal pressures on all of us’. Reclamation: For Roy DeCarava is a second memorial work on view, in which Whitten pays homage to the Afro-American photographer, famous for chronicling the daily, specifically Afro-American life in New York.

Ten works on paper from 2010 are exhibited in the second room of the gallery in which Whitten experiments with dry pigment, graphite and oil stick, and creates grid-like compositions by transferring the structure of objects, such as a radiator, directly onto paper with a graphite block. In the series ‘Ode to Monet’ rich oily stick and graphite rubbed into Japanese rice paper give an impressionist light bathed in the glow of modern technology.