Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange
Exhibition, Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, USA , until 25 October
Stanley Whitney is a Philadelphia painter whose intensely colour-based abstractions have won steadily mounting recognition since the mid-1990s. The exhibition features 29 paintings and works on paper created between 2008 and 2015, including the 2013 title work. Following time spent in Italy and then later in Egypt, Whitney developed the weighty, almost architectural approach that has now become his signature style. Rhythmic and lyrical, with a combination of pre-ordained structure and improvisation inspired in part by his love of jazz, the square-format paintings arrange rectangles of vivid, single colours in a deliberately irregular grid, with the close-fitting, many-hued ‘bricks’ or ‘tiles’ stacked vertically and arrayed in horizontal bands.