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Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2024

Untitled, 2024

Lithograph in 4 colors
on Rives BFK paper
42 1/2 x 44 1/8 in. (107.95 x 112.08 cm)
Edition of 24

About the Artist

Stanley Whitney was born in Philadelphia in 1946 and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute before moving to New York City in 1968. He graduated with an MFA from Yale School of Art in 1972, but found himself at odds with the politically and theoretically oriented contemporary scene of the 1970s and 1980s, confronting the expectation that an African American artist should contend directly with themes of racial and cultural identity. Whitney was more interested in honing an abstract visual language, his early works incorporating patches of color surrounded by areas of empty space. At this stage in his career he was also focused on the power of gesture and immersed in the daily practice of drawing.

Whitney lives and works in Bridgehampton, New York, and Parma, Italy, and is currently Professor Emeritus of Painting and Drawing at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia. His work is included in public collections including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Dance the Orange, a retrospective of his work, opened at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, in 2015; he has also had solo exhibitions at institutions including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2017), and Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, Venice, Italy (2022). In 2017 he participated in Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, Germany.

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