Stanley Whitney, ‘Breathless’, 2018, Phillips
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Stanley Whitney

Breathless, 2018

Oil on linen
72 1/10 × 72 1/10 in
183.1 × 183.1 cm
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“The colour makes the structure,” he said. “I wanted a system that allowed me to …

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Signed, titled and dated ' "Breathless" 2018, Stanley Whitney' on the reverse
Stanley Whitney
American, b. 1946
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Drawing influence from a range of sources, including Abstract Expressionism and his African-American heritage, but hewing to none, Stanley Whitney produces abstract paintings focused on color. In inexhaustible variations, Whitney organizes blocks of colors into grids that fill the canvas. He likens his process to the call and response flow of traditional African-American music, explaining: “I start at the top and work down. That gets into call and response. One color calls forth another. Color dictates the structure, not the other way around.”

Stanley Whitney, ‘Breathless’, 2018, Phillips
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From the Catalogue:
“The colour makes the structure,” he said. “I wanted a system that allowed me to lay colour down when I felt like it—I wanted nothing to get in my way. When I start these paintings, I have no idea what it’s going to be. I don’t start with a sketch or an idea. I start by laying as much colour down as …

Medium
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Signed, titled and dated ' "Breathless" 2018, Stanley Whitney' on the reverse
Stanley Whitney
American, b. 1946
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Drawing influence from a range of sources, including Abstract Expressionism and his African-American heritage, but hewing to none, Stanley Whitney produces abstract paintings focused on color. In inexhaustible variations, Whitney organizes blocks of colors into grids that fill the canvas. He likens his process to the call and response flow of traditional African-American music, explaining: “I start at the top and work down. That gets into call and response. One color calls forth another. Color dictates the structure, not the other way around.”

Stanley Whitney

Breathless, 2018

Oil on linen
72 1/10 × 72 1/10 in
183.1 × 183.1 cm
Bidding closed
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