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"Stanley Whitney: Works on Paper 1999"
2007-10-27 until 2007-12-08
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
In their North Gallery Esso Gallery presents for the first time an exhibition of works on paper by New York-based painter Stanley Whitney. This small selection of pastels and black and white drawings of superlative quality reveals an aspect of the process that lies behind the making of his colorful canvases and provides a wealth of cues for understanding his apparently “simple” paintings . Whitney creates paintings in which color, composition and chance are all constituent elements. The apparently random patterning of color in his canvases recall those patterns that can sometimes be seen in the cloth and quilt making of artists of the American south.
Though the subject matter, style, and impact of the works presented share the same modular pattern, an unaffected, hand-wrought beauty and a reverence for the expressive possibilities of the drawn line, it’s impressive to discover that they are greatly varied, that infinite possibilities can be played in a grid. Deconstruction of the grid may be suggested in the original planning, but the result is free gestural movement. While Whitney reduces the number of shapes to lines, he expands their chromatic relational possibilities. Some particular features characterize his style; by building his concept purely as form, he finds its integration with the concept, and by focusing on this integration as a whole, he finds them again separate and independent.
Stanley Whitney earned degrees from the Kansas City Art Institute and Yale University. His work has been shown in many exhibitions in galleries and museums in United States and abroad; among them the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Studio Museum Harlem,
Alternative Museum New York, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna Rome, Jack Tilton Gallery NY Christine König Gallery Vienna, radioartemobile, Utopia Station, created by Zerynthia Rome for Venice Biennial, Galleria Carlina, Torino. Upcoming shows include Galerie Ramis Barquet, Monterey Mexico, and Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy.
His paintings are held in numerous private and public collections all over the world. He is represented by Esso Gallery.
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