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JACK WHITTEN | Special Checking

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  • Jack Whitten
  • Special Checking
  • signed, titled and dated 1974 on the reverse
  • acrylic on canvas with rope collage
  • 54 1/8 by 95 7/8 in. 137.5 by 243.5 cm.


Verrières-Le-Buisson, Paris, 26 April 1992, Lot 212
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner 


New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Jack Whitten, August - September 1974, illustrated on the cover of the exhibition catalogue 

Catalogue Note

"The difference is that the first human who rendered a figure—abstract or representational—did so on a ground that was a ready-made found in nature. My ground is not a ready-made...The slab I create is a ground. It is a concrete statement about matter, the same as a stone fragment, a piece of skin from an animal, a bark from a tree, or a cave wall. Once I make it and put my mark on it then I can apply any variety of subjects or symbols as I desire."Jack Whitten