Stanley Whitney: Paintings

20.11.15–29.11.15

Galleri Opdahl is pleased to announce the first solo show of work by New York based painter Stanley Whitney. Entitled «Paintings» , the exhibition presents a body of works from 2009 – 2014. Whitneys paintings are geometric in nature, but reflect a deeper understanding about color and touch and are highly concerned about the human relationship to the nature of paint and color theory itself. Stanley Whitneys investigation of color is primordial. As Bob Nickas states in his book Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting: “In the work of Stanley Whitney, color and structure, two fundamental aspects of abstract painting, become color as structure.” By allowing color to provide structure, Whitney erases the partition between these two essential components of the medium.Working on square canvases of different sizes, Whitney structures unequal bands consisting of one or more lines the width of a paintbrush. The bands of are filled with a series of non-uniform rectangles and squares of different colour. Whitneys works are concerned with volume more so than with mark-making or texturality. The systemic paintings are enlivened by the coloristic connectivity between individual squares: every itinerant shade recurs repeatedly as the eye moves up and down, left to right, appearing each time new, metamorphosed by its neighbors. Never static or redundant, the blocks are endlessly ambulatory, charging the whole with a seemingly infinite density. The otherworldly specificity of Whitneys pigments comes from variations in layering, transparency and opacity – no color can be taken at face value. Despite their strict, almost mechanical framework, the paintings are defined by a distinct humanity and freedom.

Stanley Whitney was born in 1946 in Philadelphia and currently lives and works in New York and Solignano, Italy. His works have been featured in numerous international exhibitions since the early seventies. His work was part of the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) in the project Utopia Station, and was also shown in the Dakar Biennal (2004). Museum exhibitions include the National Academy Museum, New York (2012), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (2008), the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio (1991), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (1985), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (1983), the Alternative Museum, New York (1981), the Studio Museum in Harlem (1981) and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield (1976). He is the recipient of the John Guggenheim Fellowship (1996) and Pollock-Krasner Fellowship (2002) as well as winning the First Robert De Niro Sr. Prize in Painting (2011).

Zit: Galerie Nordenhake / Team (Gallery,inc)