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Exhibit: FOCUS – Stanley Whitney


Where:  The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
When:  Jan 21 - Apr 2
10am–5pm Tue–Sun and 10am–8pm Fri through Apr 2.
Price:  $10 adults; free for kids 12 and younger.
Phone:  817/738-9215
Web:  themodern.org
Map:  Click for map
FOCUS: Stanley Whitney features new work by the artist, including three large-scale paintings. Stanley Whitney was born in Philadelphia, and lives and works in New York and Parma, Italy. He earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Yale University, and has exhibited across the globe.

Since the mid-1970s, Stanley Whitney has investigated the intricate possibilities of color and form in the realm of abstract painting. Whitney's signature style features multicolored, irregular grids on square canvases.

Taking the essentialist grid of minimalism as his cue, his configurations are loose, uneven geometric lattices comprised of vibrant stacked color blocks that vary in hue, shape, and the handling of the paint. Whitney also utilizes color as subject, and his paintings often refer to literature, music, places, and other artists, connections that are bolstered in his titles.

Working without preparatory materials, Whitney combines balance and intuition in his approach to painting, as each color block is painted sequentially in relation to the ongoing arrangement. This process is expressive, improvisational, and can be linked to jazz, which continually inspires the artist.

Image: Stanley Whitney, SunRa 2016, 2016, Oil on linen, 96 x 96 inches, Courtesy of team gallery

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