How Black Is That Blue
|Matthew Marks Gallery|
1062 North Orange Grove
and 7818 Santa Monica Boulevard,
|February 13 – April 10, 2021|
Over the past four decades Stanley Whitney has relentlessly explored the nature of color, touch, and structure, producing a complex and visually engaging body of work. He has employed the same organizing system within his paintings for almost twenty years — blocks of color divided by thin horizontal lines on a square canvas — allowing him infinite possibilities to create paintings within paintings. Alive to the world around him, Whitney’s personal experiences are ingrained in his abstractions, as his wide-ranging titles suggest.
Marked by characteristically bright hues and formal clarity, these eleven works constitute How Black is That Blue, Whitney’s first full-scale exhibition in Los Angeles.
Whitney is one of those artists who connects genres and generations. His work is a touchstone, whether visually, philosophically, or both, revealing important and interesting correlations among artists ranging from abstract painters to sound artists. Whitney’s work, like his approach to the world, is expansive.