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Jack WhittenJack Whitten

Hamburger Bahnhof
March 29 - September 1, 2019
Hamburger Bahnhof<br />
						March 29 - September 1, 2019

From March 29 through September 1, 2019, the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin will present a comprehensive survey of the work of Jack Whitten (1939-2018).

Curated by Udo Kittelmann, Director of the Nationalgalerie, and Sven Beckstette, curator at Hamburger Bahnhof, the exhibition will manifest how Whitten continued to redefine the limits of abstract painting through tireless experimentation, primarily in the medium of acrylic. The exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof will offer a cross-section from the six decades in which Whitten developed as a painter, beginning with early works marked by the influence of Abstract Expressionism, the Slab works of the 1970s, and his later experiments with surface texture and materiality that developed into his signature mosaic style. The selection of works will also simultaneously map the political and social moments that framed Whitten’s painterly practice. To this end, the exhibition will focus on paintings that the artist dedicated to historical figures and events.
The exhibition brings together around 35 paintings stemming from 50 years of Whitten’s career. In addition to works from public and private collections, there will be a number of paintings directly from the artist’s private collection on display, which were decided upon together with Jack Whitten in his studio before his unfortunate passing earlier this year.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated and comprehensive catalogue in German and English with contributions by Udo Kittelmann, Sven Beckstette, and further authors who are still to be confirmed. In addition, we plan to produce a documentary film on Jack Whitten’s work and its socio-political context together with the director Oliver Hardt, who most recently completed a project on the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
The exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of works by Whitten in a European institution and aims to introduce his work to a new audience in Germany and beyond.

Jack Whitten, Porträt | © Foto: John Berens