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Jack Whitten

Press release


Jack Whitten – Jack’s Jacks

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin presents an extensive exhibition of works by the American painter Jack Whitten (1939–2018), the first solo show by the artist in a European institution. Jack’s Jacks, which was conceived in close cooperation with the artist, shows how Whitten, over a period of more than five decades, continually extended the boundaries of abstract painting. Beginning with early gestural paintings that were strongly influenced by Abstract Expressionism, the exhibition traces Whitten’s development as a painter through to his later experiments with structure and materiality that resulted in a unique tesserae style. The exhibition pays particular attention to paintings dedicated to historical events and prominent people.