Albert Baronian

Stanley Whitney

28 Mar - 11 May 2013

© Stanley Whitney
Big Dipper, 2012
Oil on linen
244 x 244 cm
Goya's Lantern
28 March - 11 May 2013

Albert Baronian is pleased to announce the first exhibition of American artist Stanley Whitney (1946, Philadelphia, USA) in Belgium.

The title of the exhibition, “Goya’s Lantern ”, which is also the title of one of Whitney’s paintings, is, like most of his 
paintings, inspired by music, poetry and his love of reading.

For almost thirty years Whitney has been exploring two 
central aspects of abstract painting: Colour and structure.
Colour is what structures the paintings. For a long time Whitney has been working with square 
canvasses of different sizes, which he structures with up to four unequal bands consisting of one or more
 lines the width of a paintbrush. Starting from the top left–almost like writing a text–he fills the bands 
with a series of non-uniform rectangles and squares of different colour. This process, which ends at the
 bottom right of the canvas, can be repeated two or three times. The choice of colour is intuitive and the 
result of the painting process which is unpredictable an unknown.

Whitney works with the system of “call-and-response”, which is a principle used across multiple
 disciplines, and in music is typical in spirituals, gospels, blues and jazz. He paints one colour and then
 decides which colour responds to the first one. This very simple principle results in the fact that the same 
colour is almost never used twice and the colours become more and more complex.

Despite their complex colour scheme Whitney’s compositions are always harmonic and show his joy for
 colour and composition. They are rhythmic, melodic, and intense. „The idea is sound through colour, 
creating a polyrhythm and confronting something very beautiful with a lot of humanity to see something 
that you think you know but then realize you don’t“ (Stanley Whitney).
Stanley Whitney was born in 1946 in Philadelphia and currently lives and works in New York and Solignano, Italy.
 His works have been featured in numerous international exhibitions since the early seventies. His work was part of
 the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) in the project Utopia Station, and was also shown in the Dakar Biennial (2004).
 Museum exhibitions include the National Academy Museum, New York (2012), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
 Kansas City (2008), the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio (1991), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,
 Philadelphia (1985), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (1983), the Alternative Museum, New York (1981), the Studio
 Museum in Harlem (1981) and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield (1976). He is the recipient of
 the John Guggenheim Fellowship (1996) and Pollock-Krasner Fellowship (2002) as well as winning the First Robert
 De Niro Sr. Prize in Painting (2011).

Tags: Ed Atkins, Stanley Whitney