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Stanley Whitney baila con Matisse

BLOG # 70 Nov 1, 2021 at 9:16:00 AM

Stanley Whitney Dances With Matisse

– With a new gallery show and a museum retrospective in the works, the New York-based abstract painter has fully arrived. It’s been a long time coming.

-Stanley Whitney starts every painting the same way. Like a bricklayer, the 74-year-old artist paints a horizontal band along the top edge of the canvas, then lays down blocks of saturated color, from left to right, across and down, in a vibrant, wobbly, improvisational grid.

Across canvases large and small ringing the walls of his capacious new studio, Whitney achieved glorious variety in palette, rhythm, juxtaposition and touch. Many of these paintings created over the last year will go on view Nov. 2 in “Stanley Whitney: TwentyTwenty” at Lisson Gallery in Chelsea.

Whitney first came to New York in 1968, with the ambition to paint abstractly, at a time when Black artists were expected to make representational work reflecting African American life, and painting itself was falling out of favor in the art world. “As a young Black artist, that in itself was a very radical position to take,” said Alex Logsdail, executive director of Lisson.


My 2 cents opinion:
I should try to see his work. It is a subway ride away. Tengo que tratar de ver su obra. Es solamente un viaje de subway de distancia.

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