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Stanley Whitney: Color is the Space

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Stanley Whitney: Color is the Space

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Stanley Whitney has experimented for decades with a single compositional strategy rendering grids with seemingly inexhaustible variations of color. He has described his process as similar to the call and response flow of traditional African-American music, with one color calling forth another and dictating the structure of the work. Whitney draws inspiration from a wide range of historical and cultural references including Roman architecture, American quilt making, and jazz.

At Two Palms, Whitney has embraced etching, silkscreen, and monotype printing as new means of experimenting with color and space. These mediums allow the artist to lay down colors at a rapid pace, responding to one color with another, and building his signature grid. When making monotypes, Whitney works with watercolor and chunky crayons, applying pigment directly on a wood plate. In the press, under 400 tons of flat, vertical pressure, the pigment is transferred to a thick watercolor paper while the wood grain of the plate embosses the paper, leaving behind a ghostly pattern that adds to the richness of these works.

Image: Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2020

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I always say that the color makes the structure, the structure doesn’t make the color. I don’t build a structure and then fill in the color. I wanted to devise a structure that would give me total freedom with color.

Stanley Whitney

Untitled, 2020

Monotype in watercolor and crayon

48 x 68 inches

$36,000 unframed

Stanley Whitney

Untitled, 2020

Monotype in watercolor and crayon

48 x 68 inches

$36,000 unframed.

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Whitney working on a wood monotype plate at Two Palms.

Stanley Whitney

Untitled, 2020

Monotype in watercolor and crayon

24 x 24 inches

$11,000 unframed

Stanley Whitney

Untitled, 2020

Monotype in watercolor and crayon

24 x 24 inches

$11,000 unframed.

Stanley Whitney

Untitled, 2020

Monotype in watercolor and crayon

16 x 16 inches

$4,500 unframed

Stanley Whitney

Untitled, 2020

Monotype in watercolor and crayon

16 x 16 inches

$4,500 unframed

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Whitney working on a wood monotype plate at Two Palms.

Stanley Whitney

Untitled, 2019

Silkscreen

23.5 x 30 inches

Edition of 30

$4,500 unframed

Stanley Whitney

Untitled, 2019

Silkscreen

13.5 x 19 inches

Edition of 30

$2,400 unframed

Stanley Whitney

Stanley Whitney was born in Philadelphia in 1946 and currently lives and works in New York City and Parma, Italy. He holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Yale University. Whitney’s work is included in public collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; and the Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy. He has won prizes including the Robert De Niro Sr. Prize in Painting, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Art Award and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. Whitney is currently Professor emeritus of painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Whitney has been making monotypes and editions at Two Palms since 2016 and his monotypes can be found in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

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