Lisson Gallery

Stanley Whitney

2 October – 2 November 2019

Stanley Whitney

To coincide with a presentation of his work at this year's Frieze Art Fair in London, Stanley Whitney will present a series of what he calls ‘Afternoon Paintings’ at the Lisson Street location. His second show in London sees Whitney working at smaller scales, in a relaxed, reflective mode. The daily act of finishing up any paints leftover after a day at the studio is an instinctual process which allows him to work intensively on different sized canvases, echoing the rhythms and colours derived from the previous painting session, only now remixed and recalibrated by experience and a new freedom of gesture. Apart from their informality and spontaneous nature – involving fewer layers and less overpainting than Whitney’s large compositions – these works reveal Whitney’s dedication to his ‘practice’, which he likens to athletic training or the ‘wood-shedding’ that jazz musicians refer to when describing their time spent honing their improvisatory skills behind closed doors.

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