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Gagosian Artist Spotlight | Stanley Whitney

April 15, 2020 - April 21, 2020

Artist Spotlight: Stanley Whitney

Stanley Whitney has been deeply invested in chromatic experimentation throughout his career, but it was the experience of Italian art and architecture, both ancient and modern, that informed his unique understanding of the nuanced relationship between color and geometry. His highly dynamic abstract paintings unlock the grid, imbuing it with new and unexpected cadences of color, rhythm, and space. Deriving inspiration from sources as diverse as Sandro Botticelli and Piet Mondrian, free jazz and American quilt-making, Whitney composes in varying scales with vibrant blocks and bars that articulate a chromatic call-and-response within each canvas.

The exhibition features a key work from the artist’s upcoming first major exhibition with Gagosian, in Rome, where he lived and worked during the 1990s. The work will be unveiled on Friday, April 17, at 6am EDT. For updates, please contact the gallery at collecting@gagosian.com.

STANLEY WHITNEY. Photo: EFE/ David Arquimbau Sintes. Courtesy Gagosian

Created in response to the covid-19 pandemic, the Artist Spotlight series highlights individual artists, one week at a time, whose exhibitions have been affected by the health crisis. A single artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.


April 15, 2020
April 21, 2020
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Gagosian Rome
Via Francesco Crispi 16
Rome, 00187 Italy
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Stanley Whitney