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Self-Portrait

Artist
Jack Whitten, American, 1939–2018
Date
1993
Material
Collage of cut painted paper
Probably made in
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Collages & montages
Current Location
On View, Gallery 235
Dimensions
image: 18 13/16 × 17 15/16 in. (47.8 × 45.6 cm)
sheet (irregular): 29 7/8 in. × 23 in. (75.9 × 58.4 cm)
framed: 34 1/8 × 27 1/8 × 2 in. (86.7 × 68.9 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© Jack Whitten Estate. Courtesy the Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser & Wirth
Object Number
181:2017
NOTES
This fragmented collage comprises a self-portrait. The carefully arranged small squares create a paper version of Jack Whitten’s unique approach to painting, where he collaged small tiles of dried acrylic paint. This work is related to a series by Whitten titled Black Monoliths, which pays homage to black individuals who contributed to society including poet Maya Angelou and professional boxer Muhammad Ali. With this collage, Whitten places himself among these groundbreaking luminaries. While Whitten’s primary focus here was investigating artistic materials, his title also grounds this image in the tradition of portraiture.
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