Quote of the Day: Jack Whitten

“I like the idea that people are suspended while asking questions about process. I like the idea that the viewer might be frozen by wonder. I have developed many conceptual and technical approaches over the past 50 years, and now, all I’m doing is going back into my toolbox and using them…
“I am dealing with the evolution of painting, Western abstract painting in particular. In this way, evolution is the symbol I am trying to capture. That’s why each work is so different, it is still in the act of evolving.”

[Image: Jack Whitten, Crushed Grid, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 63 x 103 inches.]

Jack Whitten,” Alexander Gray Associates, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through October 12, 2013. Concurrent with the exhibition is “Jack Whitten: Light Years 1971–1973,” Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Through December 22, 2013.

Related posts:
Rejecting the New: Abstract painting in the 1980s (2013)
Jack Whitten and Robert Storr in conversation (2007)

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