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JACK WHITTEN « Five decades of painting » / WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis (USA) / opening september 13, 2015.

Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting opens at the Walker Art Center on September 13, 2015 with a free Opening-Day Artist Talk and a series of gallery events throughout the run of the exhibition. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting is the largest full-career retrospective of the American painter Jack Whitten, and will be on view at the Walker through January 24, 2016 in the Target and Friedman Galleries.

For the past 50 years, Jack Whitten has explored the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist, and the allure of material essence in his innovative studio process. With compositions that are abstract and elegiac, Whitten foregrounds the material properties of paint—pigmentation, viscosity, and mark—to capture the momentary and suggest the enduring. Featuring some 60 pieces, the traveling retrospective charts the artist’s work across the decades, bringing together his best-known canvases alongside significant but under-recognized bodies of work. This includes Whitten’s rarely-seen black-and-white “ghost” paintings of the 1960s, his smeared test “slabs” and dragged canvases of the 1970s, his collaged acrylic “skins” of the 1980s, and his more recent tessellated constructions of paint tiles. The Walker’s installation of the exhibition will also include Whitten’s 9-11-01 (2006), his iconic memorial to the victims of 9/11; a new painting made specifically for the Minneapolis presentation; and an array of works on paper from the 1960s to the present on loan from the artist and local private collections.

Join artist Jack Whitten and art historian Richard Shiff for a wide-ranging discussion about the artist’s decades-long commitment to the medium of painting. Shiff, a renowned scholar and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, who has published widely on Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly, and others, will engage Whitten in a dialogue about his survey exhibition, Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting, as well as the past, present, and future of the medium.

Jack Whitten, Apps for Obama (2011), Collection of Danny First, Los Angeles. ©2015 Jack Whitten/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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