Collection of the Artist Acquired from the above by the present owner
New York, Allan Stone Projects, 'Jack Whitten: The Sixties,' September - October 2016 Dallas, Bivins Gallery, 'Jack Whitten: Earlier Works,' April - May 2017, p. 29, illustrated
Jack Whitten moved from Montgomery, Alabama to New York City in 1960 to begin a career in fine art. Like many young artists at this time, Whitten was initially influenced by Abstract-Expressionism. In the present lot, Whitten treats figurative content with a lyrically abstract lens. Beginning in the 1970s, Whitten began to create process-based abstractions, which relied heavily on systems the artist created to invigorate the painterly medium at a time when the art world was no longer convinced that such a traditional medium could speak to a complex contemporary society.
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