July 16–October 25, 2015
The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to present Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange, the first New York City solo museum exhibition of the work of a painter (born Philadelphia, 1946) whose intensely color–based abstractions have won steadily mounting recognition since the mid–1990s. The exhibition will feature twenty–eight 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 in the mid–1990s, 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 colors in a deliberately irregular grid, with the close–fitting, many–hued “bricks” or “tiles” stacked vertically and arrayed in horizontal bands.
Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange is organized for the Studio Museum by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection.
A full–color catalogue will accompany the exhibition, featuring contributions by Lauren Haynes, Robert Storr, Lowery Stokes Sims and Stanley Whitney, with a foreword by Thelma Golden.
Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange is made possible thanks to support from the following government agencies: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the New York City Council.
Additional funding is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.