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Stanley Whitney

Afternoon Paintings


Published to accompany the exhibition 'Stanley Whitney: Afternoon Paintings' at Lisson Gallery in London (November – December 2019), this catalogue investigates Whitney's work executed at a smaller scale. The act of finishing up any paints leftover in the studio is an instinctual process which allows Whitney to work intensively on these 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 in smaller format. 

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 time spent honing their improvisatory skills behind closed doors.

This new slipcased volume, featuring a unique design with 12 gatefolds, includes an essay by the novelist, short story writer and cultural critic Lynne Tillman.  

Publication date: December 2019

ISBN: 9780947830748

Format: Softback

Pages: 56

ISBN: 9780947830748

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