Jack Whitten

 

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

 September 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA<br>September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015<br>Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015
Installation images by Philipp Scholz Ritterman
The Gray Void (1964)
Acrylic and mixed media on wood
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
The Gray Void (1964)
Acrylic and mixed media on wood
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Psychic Eclipse (1964)
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
26.1h x 25w in (66.3h x 63.5w cm)
Psychic Eclipse (1964)
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
26.1h x 25w in (66.3h x 63.5w cm)
The Blacks (1964)
Acrylic collage on masonite
32h x 31.6w in (81.3h x 80.3w cm)
The Blacks (1964)
Acrylic collage on masonite
32h x 31.6w in (81.3h x 80.3w cm)
Hide and Seek (1964)
Acrylic on canvas
28.1h x 23.9w in (71.4h x 60.7w cm)
Hide and Seek (1964)
Acrylic on canvas
28.1h x 23.9w in (71.4h x 60.7w cm)
Christ (1964)
Acrylic on canvas
15h x 16w in (38.1h x 40.6w cm)
Christ (1964)
Acrylic on canvas
15h x 16w in (38.1h x 40.6w cm)
Head VII (1964)
Acrylic on canvas
23.1h x 21.8w in (58.7h x 55.4w cm)
Head VII (1964)
Acrylic on canvas
23.1h x 21.8w in (58.7h x 55.4w cm)
Head XI (1964)
Acrylic on canvas
16h x 14w in (40.6h x 35.6w cm)
Head XI (1964)
Acrylic on canvas
16h x 14w in (40.6h x 35.6w cm)
Head IV  Lynching (1964)
Acrylic on canvas
11h x 11w in (27.9h x 27.9w cm)
Head IV Lynching (1964)
Acrylic on canvas
11h x 11w in (27.9h x 27.9w cm)
New York Battle Ground (1967)
Oil on canvas
60h x 83.9w in (152.4h x 213.1w cm)
New York Battle Ground (1967)
Oil on canvas
60h x 83.9w in (152.4h x 213.1w cm)
Garden In Bessemer II (1968)
Oil on canvas
36h x 48w in (91.4h x 121.9w cm)
Garden In Bessemer II (1968)
Oil on canvas
36h x 48w in (91.4h x 121.9w cm)
Martin Luther King's Garden  (1968)
Oil on canvas
51.6h x 41.5w in (131.1h x 105.4w cm)
Martin Luther King's Garden (1968)
Oil on canvas
51.6h x 41.5w in (131.1h x 105.4w cm)
Satori (1969)
Acrylic on canvas
105h x 109w in (266.7h x 276.9w cm)
Satori (1969)
Acrylic on canvas
105h x 109w in (266.7h x 276.9w cm)
Untitled (1970)
Acrylic on linen
25.6h x 23.8w in (65h x 60.5w cm)
Untitled (1970)
Acrylic on linen
25.6h x 23.8w in (65h x 60.5w cm)
Second Testing (Slab) (1972)
Acrylic on canvas
35.4h x 34.25w in (89.9h x 87w cm)
Second Testing (Slab) (1972)
Acrylic on canvas
35.4h x 34.25w in (89.9h x 87w cm)
Testing (Slab) (1972)
Acrylic on canvas
70.8h x 95.3w in (179.8h x 242.1w cm)
Testing (Slab) (1972)
Acrylic on canvas
70.8h x 95.3w in (179.8h x 242.1w cm)
Opos Dipote (1973)
Acrylic on canvas
72h x 83w in (182.9h x 210.8w cm)
Opos Dipote (1973)
Acrylic on canvas
72h x 83w in (182.9h x 210.8w cm)
Prime Mover (1974)
Acrylic on canvas
54.25h x 75.25w in (137.8h x 191.1w cm)
Prime Mover (1974)
Acrylic on canvas
54.25h x 75.25w in (137.8h x 191.1w cm)
Chinese Doorway (1974)
Acrylic on canvas
89.5h x 43.25w in (227.3h x 109.9w cm)
Chinese Doorway (1974)
Acrylic on canvas
89.5h x 43.25w in (227.3h x 109.9w cm)
April’s Shark (1974)
Acrylic on canvas
72h x 52w in (182.9h x 132.1w cm)
April’s Shark (1974)
Acrylic on canvas
72h x 52w in (182.9h x 132.1w cm)
Gamma Group II (1975)
Acrylic on canvas
83.8h x 72w in (212.9h x 182.9w cm)
Gamma Group II (1975)
Acrylic on canvas
83.8h x 72w in (212.9h x 182.9w cm)
Delta Group II (1975)
Acrylic on canvas
51h x 88w in (129.5h x 223.5w cm)
Delta Group II (1975)
Acrylic on canvas
51h x 88w in (129.5h x 223.5w cm)
Chinese Sincerity (1975)
Acrylic on canvas
67.5h x 40w in (171.5h x 101.6w cm)
Chinese Sincerity (1975)
Acrylic on canvas
67.5h x 40w in (171.5h x 101.6w cm)
Sphink's Alley III (1975)
Acrylic on canvas
73h x 84w in (185.4h x 213.4w cm)
Sphink's Alley III (1975)
Acrylic on canvas
73h x 84w in (185.4h x 213.4w cm)
Kappa I (1976)
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
72h x 64w in (182.9h x 162.6w cm)
Kappa I (1976)
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
72h x 64w in (182.9h x 162.6w cm)
Epsilon Group I (1976)
Acrylic on canvas
42h x 42w in (106.7h x 106.7w cm)
Epsilon Group I (1976)
Acrylic on canvas
42h x 42w in (106.7h x 106.7w cm)
Sigma Group II (1977-1978)
Acrylic on canvas
64h x 63.25w in (162.6h x 160.7w cm)
Sigma Group II (1977-1978)
Acrylic on canvas
64h x 63.25w in (162.6h x 160.7w cm)
Sigma IV (1978)
Acrylic on canvas
64h x 63.5w in (162.6h x 161.3w cm)
Sigma IV (1978)
Acrylic on canvas
64h x 63.5w in (162.6h x 161.3w cm)
Taf II (1978)
Acrylic on canvas
40.13h x 68.13w in (101.9h x 173.1w cm)
Taf II (1978)
Acrylic on canvas
40.13h x 68.13w in (101.9h x 173.1w cm)
Ascension I (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
64h x 64w in (162.6h x 162.6w cm)
Ascension I (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
64h x 64w in (162.6h x 162.6w cm)
DNA II (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
42h x 42w in (106.7h x 106.7w cm)
DNA II (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
42h x 42w in (106.7h x 106.7w cm)
The Annunciation XV (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
16h x 16w in (40.6h x 40.6w cm)
The Annunciation XV (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
16h x 16w in (40.6h x 40.6w cm)
Persian Echo III (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
22h x 22w in (55.9h x 55.9w cm)
Persian Echo III (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
22h x 22w in (55.9h x 55.9w cm)
The Annunciation XIV (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
16h x 16w in (40.6h x 40.6w cm)
The Annunciation XIV (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
16h x 16w in (40.6h x 40.6w cm)
Holding Pattern (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
42h x 42w in (106.7h x 106.7w cm)
Holding Pattern (1979)
Acrylic on canvas
42h x 42w in (106.7h x 106.7w cm)
Psychic Intersection (1979-1980)
Acrylic on canvas
42h x 42w x 1.5d in (106.7h x 106.7w x 3.8d cm)
Psychic Intersection (1979-1980)
Acrylic on canvas
42h x 42w x 1.5d in (106.7h x 106.7w x 3.8d cm)
Dead Reckoning I (1980)
Acrylic on canvas
84h x 84w in (213.4h x 213.4w cm)
Dead Reckoning I (1980)
Acrylic on canvas
84h x 84w in (213.4h x 213.4w cm)
A Salute To Norman Lewis  (1980)
Acrylic and mixed media
25h x 75w in (63.5h x 190.5w cm)
A Salute To Norman Lewis (1980)
Acrylic and mixed media
25h x 75w in (63.5h x 190.5w cm)
Norman Lewis Triptych I (1985)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
28h x 81.5w in (71.1h x 207w cm)
Norman Lewis Triptych I (1985)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
28h x 81.5w in (71.1h x 207w cm)
Garden In Bessemer (1986)
Acrylic on canvas
58h x 52w in (147.3h x 132.1w cm)
Garden In Bessemer (1986)
Acrylic on canvas
58h x 52w in (147.3h x 132.1w cm)
The Mask of God I (For Joseph Campbell) (1987)
Acrylic on canvas
40h x 31w in (101.6h x 78.7w cm)
The Mask of God I (For Joseph Campbell) (1987)
Acrylic on canvas
40h x 31w in (101.6h x 78.7w cm)
Mask of God II (For Joseph Campbell) (1987)
Acrylic on canvas
40h x 31w in (101.6h x 78.7w cm)
Mask of God II (For Joseph Campbell) (1987)
Acrylic on canvas
40h x 31w in (101.6h x 78.7w cm)
Spiral: A Dedication To R. Bearden (1988)
Acrylic collage on canvas
67.3h x 67.3w x 2d in (170.9h x 170.9w x 5.1d cm)
Spiral: A Dedication To R. Bearden (1988)
Acrylic collage on canvas
67.3h x 67.3w x 2d in (170.9h x 170.9w x 5.1d cm)
Homecoming: For Miles (1992)
Acrylic on canvas
105.5h x 81.25w in (268h x 206.4w cm)
Homecoming: For Miles (1992)
Acrylic on canvas
105.5h x 81.25w in (268h x 206.4w cm)
Black Monolith II (For Ralph Ellison) (1994)
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
58h x 52w in (147.3h x 132.1w cm)
Black Monolith II (For Ralph Ellison) (1994)
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
58h x 52w in (147.3h x 132.1w cm)
Flying High  For Betty Carter (1998)
Acrylic on canvas
106.5h x 84.3w in (270.5h x 214.1w cm)
Flying High For Betty Carter (1998)
Acrylic on canvas
106.5h x 84.3w in (270.5h x 214.1w cm)
Brilliant Corners: for Thelonious 'Sphere' Monk (aka Around Midnight) (1998)
Acrylic on canvas
54h x 54w in (137.2h x 137.2w cm)
Brilliant Corners: for Thelonious 'Sphere' Monk (aka Around Midnight) (1998)
Acrylic on canvas
54h x 54w in (137.2h x 137.2w cm)
Black Monolith III: For Barbara Jordan (1998)
Acrylic collage on canvas
69h x 65.5w in (175.3h x 166.4w cm)
Black Monolith III: For Barbara Jordan (1998)
Acrylic collage on canvas
69h x 65.5w in (175.3h x 166.4w cm)
Vibrations For Milt “Bags” Jackson (1999)
Acrylic on canvas
59.5h x 96.25w in (151.1h x 244.5w cm)
Vibrations For Milt “Bags” Jackson (1999)
Acrylic on canvas
59.5h x 96.25w in (151.1h x 244.5w cm)
Black Monolith IV  For Jacob Lawrence (2001)
Acrylic on canvas
96h x 96w in (243.8h x 243.8w cm)
Black Monolith IV For Jacob Lawrence (2001)
Acrylic on canvas
96h x 96w in (243.8h x 243.8w cm)
E-Stamp II (The Black Butterfly: For Bobby Short) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.9h x 121.9w cm)
E-Stamp II (The Black Butterfly: For Bobby Short) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.9h x 121.9w cm)
E-Stamp IV (Five Spirals: For Al Loving) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.9h x 121.9w cm)
E-Stamp IV (Five Spirals: For Al Loving) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.9h x 121.9w cm)
E-Stamp III (Red Velvet: For Marcia Tucker) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.9h x 121.9w cm)
E-Stamp III (Red Velvet: For Marcia Tucker) (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.9h x 121.9w cm)
E-Stamp (for Harvey Quaytman) (2008)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.9h x 121.9w cm)
E-Stamp (for Harvey Quaytman) (2008)
Acrylic on canvas
48h x 48w in (121.9h x 121.9w cm)
Zeitgeist Traps (For Michael Goldberg) (2009)
Acrylic on canvas
43h x 76.4w in (109.2h x 194.1w cm)
Zeitgeist Traps (For Michael Goldberg) (2009)
Acrylic on canvas
43h x 76.4w in (109.2h x 194.1w cm)
Cultural Shift (A.K.A. The Lena Horne Jubilee) (2010)
Acrylic on canvas
31.2h x 82.3w in (79.2h x 209w cm)
Cultural Shift (A.K.A. The Lena Horne Jubilee) (2010)
Acrylic on canvas
31.2h x 82.3w in (79.2h x 209w cm)
Apps for Obama (2011)
Acrylic on hollow core door
84h x 91w in (213.4h x 231.1w cm)
Apps for Obama (2011)
Acrylic on hollow core door
84h x 91w in (213.4h x 231.1w cm)
Sandbox: For The Children Of Sandy Hook Elementary School (2013)
Acrylic on canvas
72h x 54w in (182.9h x 137.2w cm)
Sandbox: For The Children Of Sandy Hook Elementary School (2013)
Acrylic on canvas
72h x 54w in (182.9h x 137.2w cm)
Warped Circle (For Alan Shields) (2013)
Acrylic on canvas
63h x 63w in (160h x 160w cm)
Warped Circle (For Alan Shields) (2013)
Acrylic on canvas
63h x 63w in (160h x 160w cm)
Nine Cosmic CDs: For The Firespitter (Jayne Cortez) (2013)
Acrylic on canvas
45h x 137.5w in (114.3h x 349.3w cm)
Nine Cosmic CDs: For The Firespitter (Jayne Cortez) (2013)
Acrylic on canvas
45h x 137.5w in (114.3h x 349.3w cm)
Self Portrait I (2014)
Acrylic on panel
30.3h x 22.3w in (77h x 56.6w cm)
Self Portrait I (2014)
Acrylic on panel
30.3h x 22.3w in (77h x 56.6w cm)
Black Monolith V Full Circle: For LeRoi Jones AKA Amiri Baraka (2014)
Acrylic on canvas
84h x 63w in (213.4h x 160w cm)
Black Monolith V Full Circle: For LeRoi Jones AKA Amiri Baraka (2014)
Acrylic on canvas
84h x 63w in (213.4h x 160w cm)

About the Exhibition

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September 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
September 20, 2014 - February 4, 2015

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
May 15 - August 2, 2015

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
September 13, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Jack Whitten retrospective exhibition Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting, curated by Kathryn Kanjo at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA.

For five decades, Jack Whitten has kept time through his innovative studio process. In his canvases, he explores the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist, and the allure of material essence in. As a child of the segregated south, he bears witness to expressions of evil and the resilience of the human spirit. As a diligent formalist, Whitten explores and exploits the newest acrylic and dry pigment media, the register of the image, and the edge of the canvas. As the New York artist, schooled in the sixties and maturing in the seventies, he balances on the fulcrum of the century that was and the century to come. He is an artist of his moment due precisely to his respect for the past and commitment to the present. Whitten creates in the moment in order to harness the essence of matter. From his first spectral canvases, as a graphic trace of a haunted soul, to his recent app for Obama, a key for complex, contemporary life, Whitten’s poetic and physically compelling compositions capture what is needed, what is left, what is remembered, and what is next. Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting surveys this enduring artist’s career with approximately 60 canvasses from the mid-1960s to the present.

Related Press

  • Jack Whitten Los Angeles Times  PDF (736 K)
  • Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting Exhibition Checklist  PDF (774 K)
  • Jack Whitten San Diego Union-Tribune October 17, 2014 PDF (529 K)
  • Jack Whitten La Jolla Light September 17, 2014 PDF (215 K)
  • Jack Whitten New York Times September 3, 2014 PDF (249 K)

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