(1939 - 2018)
Jack Whitten was active/lived in New York. Jack Whitten is known for abstract mosaic-like paintings, African-American themes, wood carved sculpture.
Biography Jack Whitten
An Old-School Painter Adapts to a New World Order: Jack Whitten’s 50-Year Evolution," By Alex Greenberger, ARTNEWS, Posted 01/19/16
In 1974, a monolithic, fire-red painting by Jack Whitten debuted in the Whitney’s lobby gallery. Whitten made the painting, titled Sorcerer’s Apprentice, by laying the canvas on the floor, dragging a squeegee across it to mix colors, and letting the quarter-inch-thick layer of paint dry. It was one of several pieces known as the artist’s “Slab” works, and, like the others in the series, it came and went from the museum without much fanfare.
Whitten was an abstract painter—and an African American one, at that—when the odds were stacked against him; in the mid-’70s, as tastes skewed
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