Lisson Gallery

Stanley Whitney

30 July – 5 August 2020

Stanley Whitney

Lisson Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition space at 55 Main Street in East Hampton Village. For its inauguration this summer, the 1,000 square foot space will highlight one work per week by gallery artists – with upcoming presentations by Carmen Herrera, Anish Kapoor, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Sean Scully and Leon Polk Smith, among others – featuring both seminal, historic artworks and premiering new bodies of work. This focused format, in an intimate setting, recalls the origins of Lisson Gallery, which was established in 1967 in a storefront window on London’s Bell Street. The Long Island location of the new space joins Lisson’s two other locations in the New York area, including the recent expansion to a second location on West 24th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

The first presentation will feature a painting by Stanley Whitney, made in 1996. The rare work is landscape format, measuring over seven feet wide. The mid-1990s mark a particularly significant time in the artist’s career, where, dissatisfied and unable to find a place in the New York art world for his work, Whitney moved to Italy. The influence of the country’s art and architecture soon became visible in the increasingly structural compositions of his abstractions. The work on view in East Hampton is a superb example of the pivotal moment where the internal structure and color palette transform to his now signature style. Untitled (1996) will simultaneously be presented as an online exhibition on Lisson Gallery’s website. The exhibition is accompanied by a new essay written for the occasion by Cathleen Chaffee, the Chief Curator of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. She is currently preparing a survey exhibition of Stanley Whitney’s work for the museum.

The gallery will be open to the public Thursday to Sunday, from 11am to 4pm, and by appointment on Mondays. The health and safety of visitors remains a top priority, and strict measures will be implemented in the space to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. A mask will be required for entry, and hand sanitizer will be provided. Please click here for further details about the guidelines and to schedule an appointment.

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