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Three Things You Should Know About Jack Whitten

Artsy Editorial
Oct 16, 2013 4:44PM

1. Jack Whitten s early works from the 1960s were heavily influenced by Civil Rights and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., characterized by harsh colors and gestural brushstrokes. He has since changed his style and techniques multiple times, moving onto abstraction and experimenting with material and process.

2. Whitten said about his recent works, “Evolution is the symbol I am trying to capture. That’s why each work is so different; it is still in the act of evolving.” In his recent Space Busters works he fills ice cube trays with polyurethane to create button-like forms that he adheres to canvas.

3. His works can be found in the collections of the Fogg, the High, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.

Find Whitten’s work in the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art auction, 2013.

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