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Jack Whitten

Untitled

Property from the Collection of Hester Diamond

Jack Whitten

Jack Whitten

Untitled

Untitled

Property from the Collection of Hester Diamond

Jack Whitten

1939 - 2018

Untitled


signed and dated '71; signed, dated spring '71 and inscribed Harold, Thanks A Million! on the reverse 

pastel and colored pencil on paper

10 by 13 in. (25.4 by 33 cm.)

This work is in very good condition overall. The upper and right edges of the sheet are deckled. There is minor discoloration to the sheet, consistent with the age of the work. There is minor lifting with a small indentation to the upper edge of the sheet, visible upon close inspection. Unframed.


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Acquired directly from the artist in 1971

“When Jack Whitten was a ‘starving artist’, just after he moved to NYC, my mom was just starting out as a decorator. One of her first ‘jobs’ was renovating our apartment on Central Park West, which was a total mess when we first rented it. She was totally disappointed in the quality she found from various ‘professional’ carpenters, but discovered that New York was full of young artists, some of whom she knew, who were pretty good carpenters – so she hired about 5 of them to do all of the carpentry in the apartment. This group included Jack. While most of these folks worked in their studios, and would periodically bring over finished pieces, Jack somehow became the expert in building radiator covers – basically, wooden boxes with gridded metal inserts that Mom liked to use to hide the cast iron radiators which heated the apartment. And each of these radiators was a slightly different size, so for many months, Jack was  a presence in the apartment – building radiator covers. And he was just a great person – we all became friendly with each other – even me, though I was only about 10 at the time. After the apartment was done, Jack worked on a bunch of additional projects for my Mom, and they always stayed in touch. A few years later, when Jack was really breaking through, he had a show at one gallery or another and invited Mom to the opening. She went, and they had a nice reunion, and Jack gave her the drawing.”


-David Diamond