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Out into the Open

Artist
Stanley Whitney, American, born 1946
Date
2000
Material
Acrylic on canvas
Made in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 234
Dimensions
53 1/2 × 60 in. (135.9 × 152.4 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© Lisson Gallery / Stanley Whitney
Object Number
193:2017
NOTES
In this painting, squares of bold colors form a loosely organized grid. Stanley Whitney’s travels abroad and the architecture he encountered influenced his work significantly. Visiting Rome in 1992, he admired the blocks used to construct monumental ancient structures. Later, in 1994, he said, “I went to Egypt—the pyramids and all the tombs. I realized that I could stack all the colors together, and not move the air. I realized in Egypt—it just came to me—that I could get the kind of density I wanted in the work.”
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