FALL Art Preview - New Yorker

When Jack Whitten died, in January, at the age of seventy-eight, he was a renowned, category-defying abstract painter. But the sculptures he made in his studios in New York and Crete were more or less secret. Fashioned by the Alabama-born artist from wood, marble, fishing line, nails, glass, and other materials, the totemic works will be seen at the Met Breuer in the company of his paintings and a selection of relics from Africa, ancient Greece, and the American South which informed his aesthetic. “Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017” opens Sept. 6. At the Brooklyn Museum, Whitten’s 1970 painting “Homage to Malcolm” is among the hundred and fifty works by sixty artists in “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,” arriving Sept. 14....

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