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  • Provenance

    Peg Alston Fine Art, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    STANLEY WHITNEY
    Born 1946, Philadelphia, PA

    1972 MFA, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
    1968 BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

    Selected honors: Robert De Niro Sr. Prize in Painting (2011), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Art Award (2010); Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship (2002); John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1996)
    Selected museum exhibitions and performances: The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Camden Arts Centre, London
    Selected public collections: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

    Inspired by Renaissance painting, Minimalist sculpture and jazz music, Stanley Whitney’s oeuvre has become central to the current discourse of abstract painting in the contemporary era. Following recent solo exhibitions at the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, the 72-year-old artist has only just received the critical acclaim he deserves. After moving to New York from Philadelphia at the age of 22, Whitney aligned himself with the Color Field painters, often working in the shadows of his contemporaries including Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland. Throughout the decades that followed, however, the artist soon established himself as a key player in 20th century abstraction, traveling the world and gaining recognition not only in the studio, but also in the classroom, where he has taught Painting and Drawing at the Tyler School of Art for over 30 years. As such, Whitney’s influence extends to a generation of new artists exploring the formal tenants of painting today.

    As Lauren Haynes, curator of Whitney’s solo show at the Studio Museum in 2015, aptly wrote, “Whitney’s work interrogates the connections among colors, how they lead to and away from one another, what memories they are associated with…Whitney’s colors take on lives of their own. They evoke memory and nostalgia. This orange takes you back to your favorite childhood t-shirt; that blue reminds you of your grandmother’s kitchen. Whitney’s paintings remind us, on a universal scale, of the ability of color to trigger feelings and sensations.”

  • Artist Bio

    Stanley Whitney

    American • 1946

    Inspired by Renaissance painting, Minimalist sculpture and jazz music, Stanley Whitney’s oeuvre has become central to the current discourse of abstract painting in the contemporary era. Following recent solo exhibitions at the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, the 72-year-old artist has only just received the critical acclaim he deserves. After moving to New York from Philadelphia at the age of 22, Whitney aligned himself with the Color Field painters, often working in the shadows of his contemporaries including Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland. Throughout the decades that followed, however, the artist soon established himself as a key player in 20th century abstraction, traveling the world and gaining recognition not only in the studio, but also in the classroom, where he has taught Painting and Drawing at the Tyler School of Art for over 30 years. As such, Whitney’s influence extends to a generation of new artists exploring the formal tenants of painting today.

    As Lauren Haynes, curator of Whitney’s solo show at the Studio Museum in 2015, aptly wrote, “Whitney’s work interrogates the connections among colors, how they lead to and away from one another, what memories they are associated with…Whitney’s colors take on lives of their own. They evoke memory and nostalgia. This orange takes you back to your favorite childhood t-shirt; that blue reminds you of your grandmother’s kitchen. Whitney’s paintings remind us, on a universal scale, of the ability of color to trigger feelings and sensations.”

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signed and dated "Stanley Whitney 1979" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
44 3/4 x 69 1/2 in. (113.7 x 176.5 cm.)
Executed in 1979.

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New York Selling Exhibition 10 January - 8 February 2019