A reading of the publication took place within the artist’s first exhibition in Los Angeles in nearly 30 years, ‘Jack Whitten. Self Portrait With Satellites.’ Over the course of an hour, the recitations of personal anecdotes and musings opened a window into Jack’s mind, filling his language with new life and urgency. Listen below to readings of excerpted writings from the publication by close friends and former students, alongside artists and curators, recorded at the launch of the publication at our Los Angeles gallery in 2018.
Robin Coste Lewis
Robin Coste Lewis is the former Los Angeles poet laureate and a winner of the National Book Award for her 2015 book of poems, The Voyage of the Sable Venus. She earned an MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry. Read Robin Coste Lewis’s tribute poem’ to the artist ‘Mother Church Number Ten: Homage to Whitten’ in Ursula Magazine.
Gary Simmons is an artist from New York City and former friend of Whitten. He remembers ‘Jack Whitten took me under his wing… he turned me on to Hammons’s work and that became an influence on how to put objects together, how meaning is constructed through the object’.
Joshua Chambers Letson
Lily Blue Simmons
‘Notes from the Woodshed’ is the first publication devoted to Whitten’s writings and takes its name from the heading Whitten scrawled across many of his texts.