Jack Whitten

1939 · United States

Artist biography

Jack Whitten is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Jack Whitten was born in 1939. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Yoko Ono, Jim Dine, Eva Hesse, Joan Jonas, Frank Stella and Ed Ruscha.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jack Whitten is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Jack Whitten's work include Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom, Zeno X Gallery in Belgium, as well as Hauser & Wirth | East 69th Street in the United States. Jack Whitten's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition More Dimensions Than You Know: Jack Whitten, 1979 – 1989 at Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 27 September 2017 until 18 November 2017. Jack Whitten's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Paper Power (03 February 2020 - 27 March 2020) at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York and Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey. (27 January 2020 - 04 April 2020) at Hauser & Wirth | East 69th Street in New York. Jack Whitten's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called More Dimensions Than You Know: Jack Whitten, 1979 – 1989 and took place at Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom from the 27 September 2017 to 18 November 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural importance of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously considered as the most important art centre in the world. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has exercised a strong influence over the global visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Jack Whitten

Born in 1939, Jack Whitten was predominantly influenced by the 1950s. New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many decades to come. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were influential artists of this time. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revised to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Jack Whitten

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