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Introduction

Stanley Whitney (born 1946) 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, which he listens to while working in the studio.  

Whitney’s work is included in public collections around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. 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. Whitney is currently Professor emeritus of painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

Stanley Whitney has been making monotypes and editions at Two Palms since 2016. His monotypes can be found in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. 

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Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2021

Untitled, 2021
Monotype in watercolor and crayon on Lanaquarelle paper
47 3/4 x 68 inches
SW1453

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Untitled, 2020
Monotype in watercolor and crayon
23 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches
SW1380

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Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2021

Untitled, 2021
Monotype in watercolor and crayon on Lanaquarelle paper
47 3/4 x 68 inches
SW1454

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Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2021

Untitled, 2021
Monotype in watercolor and crayon on Lanaquarelle paper
11 x 14 inches 27.9 x 35.6cm
SW1473

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Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2021

Untitled, 2021
Monotype in watercolor and crayon on Lanaquarelle paper
8 1/2 x 11 inches 
SW1484

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Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2021

Untitled, 2021
Monotype in watercolor and crayon on Lanaquarelle paper
47 3/4 x 68 inches
SW1453

Untitled, 2020
Monotype in watercolor and crayon
23 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches
SW1380

Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2021

Untitled, 2021
Monotype in watercolor and crayon on Lanaquarelle paper
47 3/4 x 68 inches
SW1454

Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2021

Untitled, 2021
Monotype in watercolor and crayon on Lanaquarelle paper
11 x 14 inches 27.9 x 35.6cm
SW1473

Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2021

Untitled, 2021
Monotype in watercolor and crayon on Lanaquarelle paper
8 1/2 x 11 inches 
SW1484

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019  Stanley Whitney: Afternoon Paintings, Lisson Gallery, London, England
2018  Paintings, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
2016  Here Comes the Sun, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
2016  Focus - Stanley Whitney, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
2016  Radical Times, Lisson Gallery, London, England
2015  Stanley Whitney, Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger, Norway
2015  Dance the Orange, The Studio Museum Harlem, NY
2013  Other Colors I Forgot, Team Gallery, New York, NY
2012  Six Paintings, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  Blue is the color of your eyes, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweeden
2017  Documenta 14, Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany
2016  Making and Unmaking: An Exhibition Curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
2015  Nero su Bianco, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
2015  For Troedsson Villa, Troedsson Villa, Nikko, Japan
2014  Szalon, Logan Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2014  Outside the Lines: Black in the Abstract, Part 2, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
2012  Awakening the Night, Art from Romanticism to the Present, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

 

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