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PUBLISHER
Dia Art Foundation

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 9 x 10 in. / 232 pgs / 149 color.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Forthcoming

DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: SPRING 2023 p. 58   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9780944521991 TRADE
List Price: $65.00 CDN $91.00 GBP £56.00

AVAILABILITY
Awaiting stock

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Beacon, NY
Dia Beacon, 11/18/22–07/10/23

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Jack Whitten: The Greek Alphabet Series

Edited by Donna De Salvo, Matilde Guidelli-Guidi, Deirdre O'Dwyer. Foreword by Jessica Morgan. Text by Gregg Bordowitz, Donna De Salvo, Matilde Guidelli-Guidi, Courtney J. Martin, Fred Moten.

Jack Whitten: The Greek Alphabet Series

On Whitten’s pioneering 1970s series marking his move away from gestural painting

The first publication to delve deeply into Jack Whitten’s Greek Alphabet paintings (1975–78), this volume examines this remarkable series, which consists of variations on abstract, black-and-white compositions and experiments in mark-making. For these works, Whitten employed handmade tools and techniques including the comb, imprint and frottage.
The series is illuminated through essays by art historian Courtney J. Martin and Dia curators Donna De Salvo and Matilde Guidelli-Guidi. Authors Fred Moten and Gregg Bordowitz provide poetic reflections on Whitten’s art, biography and cultural importance. Materials from Whitten’s archives, including his own personal writings, supplement this unprecedented publication.
In his lifetime, Whitten never had the opportunity to exhibit more than a handful of these works. In publishing a significant number of these paintings together for the first time—with 40 color plates representing the 60-some paintings in the series—Jack Whitten: The Greek Alphabet Series makes possible a fuller appreciation of the formal and material permutations of Whitten’s practice.
Jack Whitten (1939–2018) was born in Bessemer, Alabama, studied art at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and moved to New York in 1960, where he had a solo exhibition at the Whitney in 1974 and a 10-year retrospective at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1983. In 2014, a retrospective was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, traveling to the Wexner Center in 2015 and the Walker Art Center in 2015–16. Whitten lived in Queens, New York, where he died in 2018.


Jack Whitten: The Greek Alphabet Series

STATUS: Forthcoming | 5/9/2023

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Jack Whitten: The Greek Alphabet Series

JACK WHITTEN: THE GREEK ALPHABET SERIES

DIA ART FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9780944521991
USD $65.00
| CAN $91 UK £ 56

Pub Date: 5/9/2023
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Jack Whitten: Cosmic Soul

JACK WHITTEN: COSMIC SOUL

HAUSER & WIRTH PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783906915739
USD $45.00
| CAN $62

Pub Date: 12/13/2022
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Jack Whitten: Notes from the Woodshed

JACK WHITTEN: NOTES FROM THE WOODSHED

HAUSER & WIRTH PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783906915173
USD $29.95
| CAN $39.95

Pub Date: 8/28/2018
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Jack Whitten: Odyssey

JACK WHITTEN: ODYSSEY

GREGORY R. MILLER & CO.

ISBN: 9781941366172
USD $55.00
| CAN $72.5 UK £ 50

Pub Date: 6/12/2018
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More Dimensions Than You Know: Jack Whitten, 1979–1989

MORE DIMENSIONS THAN YOU KNOW: JACK WHITTEN, 1979–1989

HAUSER & WIRTH PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783906915067
USD $35.00
| CAN $47.5

Pub Date: 11/21/2017
Active | In stock