Hardcover • 144 Pages • Size: 280 × 240 mm
Includes 100 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222519 • Publication: January 25, 2019
Series: Contemporary Painters Series
Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of January 25, 2019
DescriptionSince the mid-1970s, American painter Stanley Whitney has been exploring the formal possibilities of colour within grids of multi-coloured blocks. Christopher Stackhouse's thoughtful book, the first full monograph on the artist, highlights Whitney's commitment to abstract painting over four decades of consistent practice, bringing together Whitney's personal and professional narratives to weave a chronological analysis of the work and the artist's wider cultural contribution.
Born in Philadelphia in 1946, Whitney moved to New York in 1968, and under the guidance of Philip Guston he began to experiment with abstraction, drawn to the basic formal qualities of Abstract Expressionism, the pure chroma of the Color Field movement, and the minimalist approach of such artists as Donald Judd. Steadfastly pursuing abstraction at a time when critical interest was focussed on figurative art and photography, Whitney has not received the critical recognition due to him until late in his career. This book affirms his outstanding achievement.