Jack Whitten

 September 7 - October 15, 2011
Jack Whitten 
Installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2011)
Jack Whitten
Installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2011)
Jack Whitten 
Installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2011)
Jack Whitten
Installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2011)
Jack Whitten 
Installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2011)
Jack Whitten
Installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2011)
Apps for Obama (2011)
Acrylic on hollow core door
84h x 91w in (213.36h x 231.14w cm)
Apps for Obama (2011)
Acrylic on hollow core door
84h x 91w in (213.36h x 231.14w cm)
Saturation #1 (2011)
Acrylic and graphite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #1 (2011)
Acrylic and graphite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #10 (2011)
Acrylic, dry pigment, collage on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #10 (2011)
Acrylic, dry pigment, collage on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #12 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper with collage
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #12 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper with collage
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #13 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #13 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #14 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #14 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #15 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper with collage
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #15 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper with collage
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #16 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #16 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #18 (2011)
Acrylic, dry pigment, collage on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #18 (2011)
Acrylic, dry pigment, collage on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #19 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #19 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #2 (2011)
Acrylic and magnanite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #2 (2011)
Acrylic and magnanite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #20 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper with collage
7.75h x 7.75w in (19.68h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #20 (2011)
Acrylic on rice paper with collage
7.75h x 7.75w in (19.68h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #21 (2011)
Acrylic, collage, dry pigment on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #21 (2011)
Acrylic, collage, dry pigment on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #4
 (2011)
Acrylic, graphite, dry pigment on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #4
(2011)
Acrylic, graphite, dry pigment on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #7 (2011)
Acrylic and graphite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #7 (2011)
Acrylic and graphite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #8 (2011)
Acrylic and dry pigment on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #8 (2011)
Acrylic and dry pigment on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #9 (2011)
Acrylic and dry pigment on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #9 (2011)
Acrylic and dry pigment on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturaturion #3 (2011)
Graphite, Acquarelle, acrylic on Japanese rice paper backed with gesso
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturaturion #3 (2011)
Graphite, Acquarelle, acrylic on Japanese rice paper backed with gesso
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #17 (2011)
Acrylic and graphite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #17 (2011)
Acrylic and graphite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #5 (2011)
Acrylic and magnanite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #5 (2011)
Acrylic and magnanite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #6 (2011)
Acrylic and graphite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)
Saturation #6 (2011)
Acrylic and graphite on rice paper
8.5h x 7.75w in (21.59h x 19.68w cm)

About the Exhibition

Press Release PDF 149 K

September 7 - October 15, 2011

This was Whitten’s third show with the Gallery, consisting entirely of new work.

Anchoring the exhibition is the large scale painting, Apps for Obama (2011) crafted in Whitten’s signature method of “acrylic collage.” Spanning a spectrum of intense blues, shimmering like sky and water, the painting combines tesserae with cast forms of acrylic paint, each their own sculptural shapes and colors. A half-grid of floating forms, akin to an iPad home screen, structures Whitten’s metaphor of applications thereby implying multiple voices, choices and solutions to be harnessed in response to current political events.

Demonstrating Whitten’s ongoing experimentation between drawing and painting, eighteen associated works on paper are also on view. Densely soaked with color on Japanese paper, these drawings combine techniques of batik, monoprint, drawing and painting, resulting in a group of textural polychromed surfaces. Each small-scale work in the aptly titled Saturation series forms a larger impression through the use of bold color, layered marks and geometric forms.

Related Press

  • Jack Whitten Artnet September 15, 2011 PDF (560 K)
  • Jack Whitten Artforum.com September 12, 2011 PDF (94 K)

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