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Jack Whitten’s reductionist palette and systematic processes achieve exceptional range and depth. This groundbreaking and historical exhibition features a selection of paintings and works on paper, many on view for the first time. The exhibition includes emblematic examples of the artist’s leading technical innovations.
Throughout the 1970s, Whitten’s aesthetic decisions turned to abstraction, and he sought to experiment and stretch the limits of painting. In collaboration with paint manufacturers, and deploying his carpentry and tool-making skills, Whitten developed new painting methods by working with tools such as squeegees, rakes and Afro combs in order to drag large amounts of acrylic paint polymers through the canvas. This process resulted in dense surfaces of rich textures, noted for ghosted geometric forms that break away from traditional one-dimensional compositions, while remaining committed to working within the limitations of the picture plane.
Presented as part of the 2013 deFINE ART program
The exhibition is free with SCAD Museum of Art admission.
The reception is free and open to the public as part of the deFINE ART gallery hop.