Jack Whitten

November 2022–July 2023, Dia Beacon

Overview

Jack Whitten’s work from the 1970s marks juncture in his career in which he rejected the gestural brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism and embarked on what would become sustained interest in experimental processes and materialsOpening at Dia Beacon this fall is the first-ever exhibition devoted to Whitten’s Greek Alphabet (1975–78) painting series. Whitten used the Greek alphabet as the organizational principle of this landmark-yet-overlooked series, which consists of variations on abstract, black-and-white compositions and experiments in mark-making. For these works, he employed handmade tools and techniques including the comb, imprint, and frottage. Bringing together forty paintings from private and institutional lenders, this exhibition offers unique insight into a pivotal moment in his practice.  

Whitten, Jack

Artist

Jack Whitten

(1939–2018)

Jack Whitten was born in Bessemer, Alabama, in 1939. Whitten died in New York City in 2018.

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