Jack Whitten

Born in Bessemer AL, 1939

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York NY, 1964
Southern University, Baton Rouge LA, 1960
Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee AL, 1959

Lives and works in Queens NY

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Jack Whitten’, New York NY

2015
Wexner Center for the Arts, ‘Five Decades of Painting’, Columbus OH
Walker Art Center, ‘Five Decades of Painting’, Minneapolis MN
Zeno X Gallery, ‘Escalation’, Antwerp, Belgium

2014
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, ‘Five Decades of Painting’, San Diego CA
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, ‘Evolver’, Ridgefield CT

2013
The Rose Art Museum, ‘Light Years: Jack Whitten, 1971 – 1973’, Waltham MA
Alexander Gray Associates, ‘Jack Whitten’, New York NY
Zeno X Gallery, ‘Kees Goudzwaard, Bart Stolle, Jack Whitten’, Antwerp, Belgium

2012
SCAD Savannah College of Art and Design, ‘Erasures, Paintings from 1975 – 1979’, Savannah GA
Zeno X Gallery, ‘Loops’, Antwerp, Belgium

2011
Alexander Gray Associates, ‘Jack Whitten’, New York NY
Zeno X Gallery, ‘Jack Whitten’, Antwerp, Belgium
Beta Pictoris Gallery, ‘Ribbons of Honor’, Birmingham AL

2010
Art 41 Basel, ‘Jack Whitten’, Basel, Switzerland

2009
Alexander Gray Associates, ‘Jack Whitten’, New York NY
Galerie Kienzle & Gmeiner, ‘Jack Whitten’, Berlin, Germany

2008
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, ‘Memorial Paintings’, Atlanta GA

2007
MoMA PS1, ‘Jack Whitten’, Long Island City NY
Alexander Gray Associates, ‘Jack Whitten’, New York NY

1997
G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Digital Abstractions’, Birmingham MI

1996
G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Digital Abstractions’, Chicago IL

1994
Colgate University, ‘Recent Paintings’, Hamilton NY
Daniel Newburg Gallery, ‘Paintings From The Seventies’, New York NY
Horodner Romley Gallery, ‘Recent Paintings’, New York NY

1993
G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Thirty Year Survey of Works on Paper’, Birmingham MI

1992
Horodner Romley Gallery, ‘Recent Paintings’, New York NY

1990
Cure Gallery, ‘Reconstructions’, Los Angeles CA
Newark Museum, ‘Spirit and Matter’, Newark NJ

1989
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Urban Abstractions’, Detroit MI

1984
Onyx Gallery, ‘Inaugural Exhibition: Jack Whitten’s New Works’, New York NY

1983
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Ten Years, 1970 – 1980’, New York NY

1978
Robert Miller Gallery, ‘Paintings and Drawings’ New York NY

1977
Montclair State College, ‘Paintings’, Montclair NJ

1974
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Paintings’, New York NY

1970
Allan Stone Gallery, ‘Recent Paintings’, New York NY

1968
Allan Stone Gallery, ‘Paintings and Drawings 1967 – 1968’, New York NY

Group Exhibitions

2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ‘little lower layer’, Chicago, IL
Georgia Museum of Art, ‘Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection’, Atlanta GA
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Painting Paintings (David Reed), 1975’, New York NY

2016
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Circa 1970’, New York NY
Pace Gallery, ‘Blackness in Abstraction’, New York NY
Haus der Kunst, ‘Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945 – 1965’, Munich, Germany

2015
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Black: Color, Material, Concept’, New York NY
Hollis Taggart Galleries, ‘Painting is Not Doomed to Repeat Itself’, New York NY
Manège de Sury, ‘Atopolis’, Mons, Belgium
Foundation de 11 Lijnen, ‘Liberated Subjects: Present Tense’, Oudenburg, Belgium
32 Edgewood Gallery, Yale University School of Art, ‘Piece Work’, New Haven CT
Museum of the African Diaspora, ‘Portraits and Other Liknesses from SFMOMA’, San Fransisco CA
Dallas Museum of Art, ‘Bold Abstractions: Selections from the Collection, 1966 – 1976’, Dallas TX
Blanton Museum of Art, ‘Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties’, Austin TX (Travelling Exhibition)
Hammer Museum, ‘Apparition: Frottages and Rubbings from 1870 to Now’, Los Angeles CA
Menil Collection, ‘Apparition: Frottages and Rubbings from 1870 to Now’, Houston TX
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, ‘New Acquisitions’, Waltham MA

2014
Zeno X Gallery, ‘Kees Goudwaard, Kim Jones, Johannes Kahrs, Jenny Scobel, Jack Whitten’,
Antwerp, Belgium
High Museum of Art, ‘Top Drawer: Select Drawings from the High’s Collection’, Atlanta GA
Walker Art Center, ‘Art Expanded, 1958 – 1978’, Minneapolis MN
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, ‘The Paintstroke’, Deurle, Belgium
Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘Expanding the Field of Painting’, Boston MA
Brooklyn Museum, ‘Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Hood Museum of Art, ‘Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties’, Hanover New Hampshire (Travelling Exhibition)
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, ‘Beyond the Spectrum: Abstraction in African American Art, 1950 – 1975’, New York NY
Contemporary Art Museum Houston, ‘Outside the Line, Black in the Abstract part II’, Houston TX

2013
Montclair Art Museum, ‘Looking Forward: Gifts of Contemporary Art from the Patricia A. Bell Collection’, Montclair NJ
Cheim and Read Gallery, ‘Reinventing Abstraction: New York Painting in the 1980s’, New York NY
55th Venice Biennale, ‘The Encyclopedic Palace’, Venice, Italy
Zeno X Gallery, ‘Opening New Space’, Antwerp, Belgium
Alexander Gray Associates, ‘Broken Spaces: Cut, Mark, and Gesture’, New York NY
The New Museum, ‘NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star’, New York NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Blues For Smoke’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, ‘Speak, Memory’, New York NY

2012
Alexander Gray Associates at Art Basel Miami Beach ‘History, Painting’, Miami FL (Travelling Exhibition)
Art Kabinett, ‘History, Painting’, Miami Beach, Miami FL (Travelling Exhibition)
The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Modern Art, ‘Blues For Smoke’, Los Angeles CA (Travelling Exhibition)
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘The Bearden Project’, New York NY
beta pictoris gallery, ‘Pulp’, Birmingham AL
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today’, Chicago IL
Mobile Museum of Art, ‘Today’s Visual Language: Southern Abstraction, A Fresh Look’, Mobile AL
Michael Kohn Gallery, ‘Into the Mystic’, Los Angeles CA

2011
Zeno X Gallery, ‘Works on Paper’, Antwerp, Belgium
High Museum of Art, ‘Making a Mark: Drawings from the Contemporary Collection’, Atlanta GA
Hudson River Museum, ‘The Chemistry of Color: The Sorgenti Collection of African-American Art’, New York NY

2010
U.S. Embassy Residence, ‘Art in Embassies Exhibition’, Warsaw, Poland
David D. Driskell Center, ‘Abstract Relations: Selections from the David Driskell Center and the University of Delaware’, Newark DE
MoMA PS1, ‘Greater New York Rotating Gallery 3: The Comfort of Strangers’, New York NY

2009
The Drawing Center, ‘FAX’, New York NY
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Collected. Propositions on the Permanent Collection’, New York NY

2008
Alexander Gray Associates, ‘Propose: Works on Paper from the 1970s’, New York NY
American Academy of Arts and Letters, ‘Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts’, New York NY
ZKM – Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, ‘High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1965 – 1975’, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)

2007
Museum of Modern Art, ‘Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now’, New York NY
Galerie Thomas Flor, ‘Short Distance To Now: Paintings from New York, 1967 – 1975’, Dusseldorf, Germany
The National Academy Museum, ‘High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1965 – 1975’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, ‘High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1965 – 1975’, Mexico City, Mexico (Travelling Exhibition)

2006
Weatherspoon Art Museum, ‘High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1965 – 1975’, Greensboro NC (Travelling Exhibition)
Weatherspoon Art Museum, ‘High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1965 – 1975’, Greensboro NC (Travelling Exhibition)
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, ‘High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1965 – 1975’, Washington DC (Travelling Exhibition)
Arti et Amicitiae, ‘Unbreakable’, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Energy / Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction, 1964 – 1980’, New York NY

2005
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, ‘The Chemistry of Color: African American Artists in Philadelphia, 1970 – 1990’, Philadelphia PA

2004
The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, ‘Something to Look Forward To’, Lancaster PA

2003
Parrish Art Museum, ‘An American Legacy: Art From The Studio Museum in Harlem’, New York NY

2001
The Smithsonian Institution, ‘In The Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’, Washington DC

2000
Bucknell Art Gallery, Elaine Lagone Center, Bucknell University, ‘Off the Record: Music in Art’, Lewisburg PA
SPACES, ‘Painting Function: Making it Real’, Cleveland OH

1996
Trans Hudson Gallery, ‘Current Geometries in Abstraction’, New York NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Art at the End of the 20th Century. Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Alexander Soutzos Museum, ‘Art at the End of the 20th Century. Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art’, Athens, Greece (Travelling Exhibition)
Museu d’Art Contemporani, ‘Art at the End of the 20th Century. Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art’, Barcelona, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)
Kunstmuseum Bonn, ‘Art at the End of the 20th Century. Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art’, Bonn, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Aldrich Museum, ‘In The Flesh’, Ridgefield CT
Illinois State University, ‘Frankenstein (in Normal)’, Normal IL
Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, ‘Painting in an Expanding Field’, Bennington VT

1995
Exit Art, ‘It’s How You Play The Game’, New York NY
Mobile Museum of Art, ‘Alabama Impact: Contemporary Artists With Alabama Ties’, Mobile AL
The Cooper Union Art School, ‘Painting Faculty’, New York NY
Freedman Gallery Center for the Arts, Albright College, ‘In The Flesh’, Reading PA
Horodner Romley Gallery, ‘On Target’, New York NY
Clocktower Gallery, ‘Model Home’, New York NY
Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, ‘Painting in an Expanding Field’, Bennington VT

1994
Gallery Korea, ‘Conjunction 12’, New York NY
Galerie De L’Ecole Des Beaux-Arts De Lorient, ‘Le Temp D’un Dessin’, Lorient, France
A.S.T.U. Gallery, ‘Bearden and Company’, New York NY
Penine Hart Gallery, ‘Mirage’, New York NY
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘30 Years — Art in the Present Tense: The Aldrich’s Curatorial History 1964 – 1994’, Ridgefield CT
Friedman, Billings, Ramsey and Co., Inc., ‘Heterogeneity: Abstraction and Virtual Space, 12 Contemporary New York Artists’, Edinburgh, Scotland

1993
National Civil Rights Museum, ‘Reflections of a King’, Memphis TN
New Museum, ‘Skin Deep’, New York NY
University of Michigan-Dearborn, ‘Diversity and Style: African American Artists’, Dearborn MI
Horodner Romley Gallery, ‘Invitation to a Review’, New York NY
Paine Webber Art Gallery, ‘The Studio Museum in Harlem: 25 Years of African American Art’, New York NY
Hunter College, ‘Faculty Show’, New York NY
The Artists Museum, ‘My Home is Your Home: Construction in Process IV’, Lodz, Poland

1992
College Art Gallery, State University of New York, New York NY
Horodner Romley Gallery, ‘Reverb: 1960’s – 1970’s’, New York NY
Ben Shahn Gallery William Patterson College, ‘Drawing: From Beginning to End’, Wayne NJ
G.R.N’ Namdi Gallery, ‘Forms of Abstraction’, Columbus OH
P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, ‘Slow Art’, New York NY

1991
Lehman Collage Art Gallery, ‘Collage: New Applications’, New York NY
New York Academy of Art, ‘Expressive Drawings’, New York NY
Kenkelaba Gallery, ‘The Search for Freedom: African American Abstract Painting 1945 – 1975’, New York NY
Reinberger Galleries of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland OH
Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero, ‘Espiritu & Materia: Estetica Alternitiva Norteamericano: Melvin Edwards, Tyrone Mitchell, Jack Whitten, William T. Williams’, Caracas, Venezuela
Marine Midland Bank, ‘Artists Love New York’, New York NY
Brooklyn College Art Gallery, ‘Infusion’, New York NY
G.R. N’ Namdi Gallery, ‘Forms of Abstraction’, Birmingham MI

1990
Museum of Modern Art, ‘Reinstallation of Third Floor Galleries’, New York NY

1989
The California Afro-American Museum, ‘Introspectives: Contemporary Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Decent’, Los Angeles CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Bronx Museum of the Arts, ‘Introspectives: Contemporary Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Decent’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)

1988
One Penn Plaza, ‘New York City Works by Twenty One Artists’, New York NY
Eric Siegeltuch Gallery, ‘Invitational Group Show’, New York NY

1986
Department of Art, Hampton University, ‘Choosing: An Exhibit of Changing Perspectives in Modern Art and Art Criticism by Black Americans, 1925 – 1985’, Hampton VA
Condeso/Lawler Gallery, ‘An Invitational’, New York NY
Jamaica Art Center, ‘Masters and Pupils, The Education of the Black Artist in New York: 1900 – 1980’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Metropolitan Life Gallery, ‘Masters and Pupils, The Education of the Black Artist in New York: 1900 – 1980’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
The Center Gallery of Bucknell University, ‘Since the Harlem Renaissance: 50 Years of Afro-American Art’, Lewisburg PA (Travelling Exhibition)

1985
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, ‘Since the Harlem Renaissance: 50 Years of Afro-American Art’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, ‘Since the Harlem Renaissance: 50 Years of Afro-American Art’, College Park MD (Travelling Exhibition)
The Chrysler Museum, ‘Since the Harlem Renaissance: 50 Years of Afro-American Art’, Norfolk VA (Travelling Exhibition)
Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, ‘Since the Harlem Renaissance: 50 Years of Afro-American Art’, University Park PA (Travelling Exhibition)

1984
The Center Gallery of Bucknell University, ‘Since the Harlem Renaissance: 50 Years of Afro-American Art’, Lewisburg PA (Travelling Exhibition)
The Amelie A. Wallace Art Gallery, The State University of New York, ‘Since the Harlem Renaissance: 50 Years of Afro-American Art’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Toledo Museum of Art, ‘Afro-American Abstraction’, Toledo OH (Travelling Exhibition)
Laguna Gloria Art Museum, ‘Afro-American Abstraction’, Austin TX (Travelling Exhibition)
Everson Museum, ‘Afro-American Abstraction’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)

1983
Kenkelaba Gallery, ‘The Black and White Show’, New York NY
Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, ‘Afro-American Abstraction’, Memphis TN (Travelling Exhibition)
The Art Center, ‘Afro-American Abstraction’, South Bend IN (Travelling Exhibition)

1982
Alternative Museum, ‘Sacred Artifacts: Common Objects of Devotion’, New York NY
Municipal Art Gallery, ‘Afro-American Abstraction’, Los Angeles CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Oakland Museum, ‘Afro-American Abstraction’, Oakland CA (Travelling Exhibition)

1981
Kenkelaba Gallery, ‘Indigenous Wood’, New York NY
Oscarsson Hood Gallery, ‘The New Spiritualism, Transcendent Images in Painting and Sculpture’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, ‘The New Spiritualism, Transcendent Images in Painting and Sculpture’, Storrs CT (Travelling Exhibition)
Robert Hull Fleming Museum, The University of Vermont, ‘The New Spiritualism, Transcendent Images in Painting and Sculpture’, Burlington VT (Travelling Exhibition)
Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, ‘Abstract Painting, New York City 1981, An Exhibition of Paintings by Fourteen New York Artists’, New York NY

1980
P.S.1 Center for the Contemporary Arts, ‘Afro-American Abstraction’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Trenton State College, ‘Two-Person Exhibition: Howardena Pindell, Jack Whitten’, Trenton NJ
Art Net, ‘Radical Attitudes to the Gallery’, London, United Kingdom

1979
Phoenix Art Museum, ‘New York Now’, Phoenix AZ
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Another Generation’, New York NY
Alternative Center for International Art, ‘Recent Works by Manuel Hughes, William T. Williams and Jack Whitten’, New York NY
‘The 1970’s: New American Painting’ (Travelling Exhibition)

1977
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Contemporary Collectors’, Ridgefield CT
Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘Reinstallation of the Twentieth Century Art Galleries’, New York NY

1975
Fine Arts Gallery, New York State University at Brockport, ‘Abstract Painting’, New York NY
Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, ‘Selected Works by Black Artists from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’, New York NY

1974
Pratt Institute Gallery, ‘Recent Abstract Painting’, New York NY
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Tenth Anniversary 1964 – 1974’, Ridgefield CT
Soho Center for Visual Arts, ‘Three Person Exhibition: Elliot Loyd, Gary Smith, Jack Whitten’, New York NY
Vassar College Art Gallery, ‘New American Abstract Painting’, New York NY

1973
Poindexter Gallery, ‘Four Painters: Jake Berthot, Gary Hudson, Harvey Quaytman, Jack Whitten’, New York NY

1972
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting’, New York, NY
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Contemporary Reflections 1971 – 1974’, Ridgefield CT
Vassar College Art Gallery, ‘New American Abstract Painting’, Poughkeepsie, New York NY

1971
The Junior Council Art Lending Service, Museum of Modern Art, ‘Untitled II’, New York NY

1970
American Federation of Arts, ‘New York: New York’, New York NY

1969
Art Gallery at State University of New York at Stony Brook, ‘Five + 1, Frank Bowling, Melvin Edwards, Al Loving, William T. Williams, Daniel L. Johnson, Jack Whitten’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Princeton University Art Museum, ‘Five + 1, Frank Bowling, Melvin Edwards, Al Loving, William T. Williams, Daniel L. Johnson, Jack Whitten’, Princeton NJ (Travelling Exhibition)
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘1969 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting’, New York NY

1968
American Greetings Corporation Gallery with the Studio Museum, ‘New Voices: 15 New York Artists’, New York NY
Museum of Modern Art, ‘In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’, New York NY

1965
Allan Stone Gallery, ‘Four Men–One Theme: Jack Krueger, Richard Lethem, Mel Roman, Jack Whitten’, New York NY

Awards and Fellowships

2017
The Aldrich A2A Award
Skowhegan Medal for Painting

2015
National Medal of Arts (awarded in 2016)

1976
Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship

1973
Individual Artist’s Fellowship National Endowment for the Arts

1964
John Hay Whitney Opportunity Fellowship

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