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Indian Country

Modern and Contemporary Art
Indian Country

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Stanley Whitney
American, born 1946

Date

2015

Medium

Oil on linen

Accession #

2016.4

Dimensions

72 x 72 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 413

Description

Taking inspiration from Color Field painters of the 1960s, minimalism, and the jazz improvisation of Ornette Coleman, Stanley Whitney constructs his painterly grids of color by way of a “call and response,” in which one color suggests the next. This process—recalling that of Ellsworth Kelly, for whom chance and optical phenomena determined compositional structure—injects the geometric logic of Whitney’s painting with spontaneity and rhythm.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Merry McCleary, Vicki and Howard Palefsky, Pamola Powell and Guy Lescault, Elaine Levin, Joe Massey, Tede Fleming and Joe Williams, Nancy and Gene Hooff, Lucinda Bunnen, Kristen Cahill, Jiong Yan and Baxter Jones, Marianne Lambert, Judy and Scott Lampert, Tim and Lauren Schrager, Chris Appleton, and Lisa and Chuck Taylor