Light Years: Jack Whitten 1971-1973
Light Years is curated by the Rose’s new Curator at Large, Dr. Katy Siegel, Professor of Art History at Hunter College, CUNY. Jack Whitten (b.1939) began his earliest experiments in painting during the 1960s, inspired by Abstract Expressionism.
This exhibition is the pioneering artist’s first solo exhibition in New England, and features several never-before exhibited monumental canvases in the early 1970s.
For Whitten, 1970 marked what he calls a “time of reckoning” in his painting, a decisive moment when he erased the hand of the past and moved into his own present. Whitten began a course of experiments with paint that expanded, quite literally, the scale of painting on canvas. Gesture was removed; the paint and canvas were "processed”, produced through large troughs of paint dragged across the canvas with tools including , squeegees, rakes, and combs.
In addition to Whitten’s monumental works, the exhibition includes experimental drawing studies and small works on canvas made with slices of dried acrylic paint, among the first collages ever made using paint.
Light Years is on view in the Gerald S. and Sandra Fineberg Gallery from September 17, 2013 - December 15, 2013.Asa’s Palace