This print features the artist's signature compositional grid, a a seemingly inexhaustible form Whitney has explored over decades. In this work, each color seemingly calls out to another color. The artist likens this process to the call and response form used in African American songwriting and music. This work also references Roman architecture and American quilt-making, both frequent inspirations for the artist.
For decades, Stanley Whitney has experimented with a single compositional strategy—rendering grids with seemingly inexhaustible variations of color. The artist has described his process as similar to the call and response flow of traditional African American music, with one color calling forth another and dictating the structure of the work. Whitney draws inspiration from a wide range of historical and cultural references, including: Roman architecture; American quilt-making; and jazz, which the artist listens to while working in the studio.
This print features the artist's signature compositional grid, a form he has explored for decades. The artist likens the way the colors interact to the call and response form used in African American songwriting and music.More
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