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Studio Museum Harlem Abstract Painter Stanley Whitney Receives his First New York Solo Museum Exhibition -Dance The Orange

Studio Museum Harlem  Abstract Painter Stanley Whitney Receives his First New York Solo Museum Exhibition -Dance The Orange

Company:

Studio Museum Harlem

Location:

Studio Museum Harlem

Dates:

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:00pm
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 8:00pm

Tickets:

studiomuseum.org

Company:
Studio Museum Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to present Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange, the first New York City solo museum exhibition of the work of a painter (born Philadelphia, 1946) whose intensely color-based abstractions have won steadily mounting recognition since the mid-1990s.

On view from July 16 through October 25, 2015, the exhibition will feature twenty-nine paintings and works on paper created between 2008 and 2015, including the 2013 title work.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is open Thursdays and Fridays, noon–9 pm; Saturdays, 10 am–6 pm; and Sundays, noon–6 pm. The Museum is closed to the public but available for school and group tours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Studio Museum in Harlem was one of the first institutions to present the work of the remarkable Stanley Whitney, including it in the 1981 group show Enroute,” said Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden. “We feel honored now to present his richly deserved first solo museum exhibition in New York. The fact that Stanley Whitney moved to this city in 1968, the year when the Studio Museum was founded, andnow will light up our galleries as we approach our 50th anniversary, makes this exhibition a historic moment for both of us.”

Educated as an artist in the Midwest, New York City and New Haven (Yale MFA 1972), Stanley Whitney has won critical praise in recent years for his gallery shows and has received honors including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Art Award (2010) and the first Robert De Niro Sr. Prize in Painting (2011). By his own account, though, as he recalled in an interview with critic John Yau, he spent the early part of his career searching for an artistic practice that would feel authentic to him: “I was in the studio, struggling and struggling, from ’72 to the late ’80s, just trying to make work.”

Following time spent in Italy and then later in Egypt in the mid-1990s, Whitney developed the weighty, almost architectural approach that has now become his signature style. Rhythmic and lyrical, with a combination of pre-ordained structure and improvisation inspired in part by his love of jazz, the square-format paintings arrange rectangles of vivid, single colors in a deliberately irregular grid, with the close-fitting, many-hued “bricks” or “tiles” stacked vertically and arrayed in horizontal bands.

Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange is organized for the Studio Museum by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection.

Hours and Admission

The Studio Museum in Harlem is open Thursdays and Fridays, noon–9 pm; Saturdays, 10 am–6 pm; and Sundays, noon–6 pm. The Museum is closed to the public but available for school and group tours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Museum admission is by suggested donation: $7 for adults; $3 for students (with valid identification) and seniors; and free for members and children 12 and under. Sundays are free at the Studio Museum, thanks to generous support from Target. For more information, please visit studiomuseum.org.

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