Team (gallery, inc.) is pleased to announce our participation in the 2015 edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary. This marks the gallery’s second appearance at the fair. In conjunction with his solo exhibition at our Venice Beach project space, we will present a booth of paintings and works on paper by Stanley Whitney.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary is held in the Barker Hanger at 3021 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica. The fair is open Friday, 30 January and Saturday, 31 January from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday, 01 February, from 11am to 6pm.
Whitney was born in 1946 and has been exhibiting his work since 1970. His work has been shown at museums including the American Academy of Art and Letters, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. In Europe, solo gallery exhibitions have been mounted in such cities as Berlin, Brussels, Vienna and Rome.
For his debut Los Angeles exhibition, Stanley Whitney presents a body of brand new paintings employing his decades-old compositional approach: gridded squares of pigment, divided by thin horizontal lines. By allowing color to provide structure, Whitney erases the partition between these two essential components of the medium. While the works are characterized by their improvisational nature, they are wrought with a discernable logic – the artist’s understanding of color is as studied as it is preternatural.
Whitney’s works are concerned with volume more so than with mark-making or texturality. The systemic paintings are enlivened by the coloristic connectivity between individual squares: every itinerant shade recurs repeatedly as the eye moves up and down, left to right, appearing each time new, metamorphosed by its neighbors. Never static or redundant, the blocks are endlessly ambulatory, charging the whole with a seemingly infinite density.
The otherworldly specificity of Whitney’s pigments comes from variations in layering, transparency and opacity – no color can be taken at face value. Despite their strict, almost mechanical framework, the paintings are defined by a distinct humanity and freedom.
Whitney’s solo exhibition at team (bungalow) is entitled Team Colors and will run from 11 January through 22 February 2015. The bungalow in located at 306 Windward Avenue in Venice, CA. On Sunday, 01 February, we will host an open house at the gallery.
For further information and/or photographs, please call 212 279 9219 or 310 339 1945.