Jack Whitten

Cosmic Soul

Jack Whitten: Cosmic Soul.

This comprehensive monograph, authored by art historian Richard Shiff, serves as a multifaceted interpretation of Jack Whitten’s art-making and philosophy of life.

Vividly illustrated and ranging freely through the course of the artist’s six-decade career, Shiff’s text illuminates the distinctive character of Whitten’s thought and the art it generated.

Informed by the artist’s extensive writings as well as by personal conversations, Shiff traces Whitten’s collaboration of mind and hand, the source of his singular paintings and sculptures.

Co-published with Hauser & Wirth.

About the Artist:

Born in Bessemer, Alabama in 1939, Jack Whitten is celebrated for his innovative processes of applying paint to the surface of his canvases and transfiguring their material terrains.

Although Whitten initially aligned with the New York circle of abstract expressionists active in the 1960s, his work gradually distanced from the movement’s aesthetic philosophy and formal concerns, focusing more intensely on the experimental aspects of process and technique that came to define his practice.

The Jack Whitten Estate is represented by Hauser & Wirth.

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