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The Baltimore Museum of Art, 04/22/18–07/29/18

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 09/06/18–12/02/18

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Jack Whitten: Odyssey

Sculpture 1963–2017

Text by Katy Siegel, Kelly Baum, Jack Whitten, Richard Shiff, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Kellie Jones. Interview with Courtney Martin.

Featured image, of "The Black Christ" (1967), surrounded by a constellation of wishbones, fish skeletons, photographs and memorial programs in Jack Whitten's Woodside, Queens, studio, is reproduced from 'Jack Whitten: Odyssey.'

Jack Whitten was one of the most important artists of his generation. His paintings range from figurative work addressing civil rights in the 1960s to groundbreaking experimentation with abstraction in the '70s, '80s and '90s to recent work memorializing black historical figures such as James Baldwin and W.E.B. Du Bois.

Whitten began carving wood in the 1960s in order to understand African sculpture, both aesthetically and in terms of his own identity as an African American, and continued developing this practice throughout his life. For the first time ever, these revelatory works are collected in Odyssey, accompanying a landmark exhibition coorganized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Odyssey features the sculptures made by Whitten over the past 50 years, as well as the Black Monolith series of paintings, and Whitten's own archival photographs documenting his life and process. The catalog includes major new texts from exhibition curators Katy Siegel and Kelly Baum, as well as contributions from philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, art historians Richard Shiff and Kellie Jones, a lengthy biographical interview with Whitten by art historian Courtney J. Martin and the essay "Why Do I Carve Wood?" by the artist himself.

Gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of illustrations and never-before-published photographs, Odyssey is a landmark exploration of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, and a monument to a life and career that, as described by the Washington Post, "enriched the abstract tradition in Western art with fresh political and spiritual content."


Featured image, of "The Black Christ" (1967), surrounded by a constellation of wishbones, fish skeletons, photographs and memorial programs in Jack Whitten's Woodside, Queens, studio, is reproduced from 'Jack Whitten: Odyssey.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Artsy

Tess Thackara

"Whitten saw interconnected environmental, technological, and political crises looming—and while, in his art, he often reached back into the past, he also projected into the future, imagining how we could protect ourselves from ruin."

Bookforum

Albert Mobilio

Whitten repurposed traditional forms with the same ease that marked his movement between modes of visual representation.

The New York Times

Roberta Smith

A gorgeous, loquacious exhibition.

The New Yorker

Andrea K Scott

During decades of summers on Crete, [Whitten] carved and embellished extraordinary wooden sculptures, magisterial wonders in wild cypress, black mulberry, cherry, olive, and oak, whose mysteries are heightened with the addition of fish bones, seashells, spark plugs, rusted nails, hidden compartments.

New York Times

Roberta Smith

His objects in carved wood and found materials revisit and reclaim the forms, rituals and spirituality of African sculpture.

The New York Review of Books

Sanford Schwartz

Now Whitten, speaking as it were from beyond the grave, has given his audience a kind of double surprise.

Harper's Bazaar Arabia

Iman Vakil

Jack Whitten is known for his reflections on the civil rights movement in the 1960s, abstract experimentation and depictions of seminal Black figures such as James Baldwin and W. E. B. Du Bois, but the artist also developed a body of sculptural work throughout his career that traced African sculpture and questioned his relationship to it as an African American. Jack Whitten: Odyssey, Sculpture 1963–2017 features sculptures made by Whitten over the past 50 years, alongside the Black Monoliths series, archival photographs and the artist’s own reflections on his sculptural practice.

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Jack Whitten: Notes from the Woodshed

JACK WHITTEN: NOTES FROM THE WOODSHED

Edited by Katy Siegel.

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Jack Whitten: Odyssey

JACK WHITTEN: ODYSSEY

Text by Katy Siegel, Kelly Baum, Jack Whitten, Richard Shiff, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Kellie Jones. Interview with Courtney Martin.

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More Dimensions Than You Know: Jack Whitten, 1979–1989

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

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