Artsy Spotlight Auction: Stanley Whitney, in Support of the Art for Justice Fund and Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

Artsy, in partnership with Gagosian, is honored to present an auction of a new painting by esteemed artist Stanley Whitney, in support of the Art for Justice Fund and Planned Parenthood of Greater New York.

The Freedom We Fight For (2022) is a dazzling eighty-inch-square oil-on-linen abstract painting that underscores Whitney’s facility as a colorist. Pieced together from rectilinear fields of red, yellow, green, blue, orange, brown, black, and gray divided by horizontal bands of red, blue, and teal, its “stacked” composition, translucent layers of paint, and energetic brushwork effectively deconstruct the modernist grid.

Whitney draws inspiration from Greek and Mediterranean ceramics and the juxtaposition of ancient and modern Roman architecture. He also looks to other, more political ideas; The Freedom We Fight For follows an earlier series titled No to Prison Life. The work’s title also refers to the urgent fights for criminal justice reform and reproductive rights carried forward respectively by the Art for Justice Fund and Planned Parenthood, organizations supported by Whitney through this auction.

Bidding is open exclusively on Artsy and is scheduled to start closing on Friday, October 7th at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

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