Rho I

Rho I

1977

Jack Whitten

(American, 1939-2018)

Acrylic on canvas

Unframed: 182.8 x 213.2 cm (71 15/16 x 83 15/16 in.)

Gift of Scott C. Mueller and Margaret Fulton Mueller 2010.1

Did you know?

This is part of Whitten’s “Greek Alphabet” series where he completely removed color from his works to see how black and white can work together—both artistically and politically.

Description

Whitten is a crucial member of a group of artists who championed “process” in the 1970s, creating artworks that openly reveal, instead of concealing, how they were created. Whitten would lay his canvas on his studio floor, apply the paint, and pull a developer (items ranging from hair picks to sheet metal) across the surface of the painting, revealing the multiple layers of paint below as well as an impression of the studio floor and any scraps that may have been left or placed beneath the canvas.

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