Quick Study

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Jack Whitten

According to Hauser & Wirth, abstract painter Jack Whitten has died at 78. In 2013 NYTimes review, Holland Cotter praised Whitten for his restless energy:

With a career grazing the 50-year mark, Jack Whitten is still making work that looks like no one else’s, which is saying something, given the flood of abstract painting in New York in the past few years. He invented new forms of abstraction and standards of beauty to match them. Even more to his credit, he’s still restless enough to make every picture a complex one-off formal event. And he’s stayed invested enough in art as an intimate medium to make those events personal.

Here are links to our past posts about Whitten and his remarkable work.
1. Jack Whitten: Ready-nows
2. Quote of the Day: Jack Whitten
3. Jack Whitten and Robert Storr in conversation


Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn in Cumbria

According to BBC News, Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn, a modern art landmark in Cumbria, is up for sale. Schwitters fled German to the UK in 1937 to escape the Nazis and had hoped to turn the stone building into a “Modernist grotto.” Unfortunately he died in 1948 before completing the project. Read more.


Damien Hirst’s new paintings feature a new, less perfect approach to spots. They will be on view in March in the gilded state rooms of Houghton Hall in Norfolk. Via The Guardian.

Naomi Rea at Artnet has noticed that Damien Hirst’s Instagram feed changed recently. “The voice became more first-person. The former enfant terrible‘s Instagram feed took on the form of a personal diary, looking back on his career.” Read more.


Gabriel Orozco, “Sleeping Leaves (Hojas durmiendo),” 1990. Silver dye bleach print, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

I love sleep (and all artwork associated with beds) so if I were in Toronto I’d definitely check out “Figures of Sleep,”curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan Opening at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto on January 25, the exhibition “considers the cultural anxieties manifest in the popular and critical imagination around the collapsing biological function of sleep under economic, social and technological transformation.” Works by Francis Alÿs, Rebecca Belmore, Louise Bourgeois, Chris Burden, Sophie Calle, Chris Curreri, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Rodney Graham, Tehching Hsieh, On Kawara, Hassan Khan, Liz Magor, Ron Mueck, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Jasmeen Patheja, Jon Sasaki, Mladen Stilinović.


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