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Stanley Whitney

American, born 1946

Stanley Whitney was born in Bryn Mawr, near Philadelphia, in 1946 and lives and works in New York City and Parma, Italy. He holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute as well as an MFA from Yale University and is currently professor emeritus of painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University. Select solo exhibitions include FOCUS: Stanley Whitney at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2017) and Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015). Whitney has also been included in many prominent group shows, such as Inherent Structure, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2018); documenta 14, Athens, Greece, and Kassel, Germany (2017); Nero su Bianco, American Academy in Rome, Italy (2015); Outside the Lines: Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas (2014); Reinventing Abstraction: New York Painting in the 1980s, Cheim & Read, New York (2013); and Utopia Station, 50th Venice Biennale, Italy (2003). He has been awarded the Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize (2011), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Art Award (2010), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1996). Whitney’s work is included in public collections around the world, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Long Museum, Shanghai; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. 

Stanley Whitney


Buffalo AKG Art Museum, Buffalo, New York
Opening in 2023–24

Stanley Whitney's work will be the subject of a major retrospective survey exhibition at the future Buffalo AKG Art Museum in 2023–24. Conveying the breadth of Whitney’s practice throughout the decades, the exhibition will include a selection of paintings beginning with his works from the early 1970s and extending to his most recent canvases, as well as a robust installation of drawings, prints, and sketchbooks (with several digitized to permit study). David Hammons once asked about Whitney’s work: “How could something be so quiet and have so much to say?” This exhibition will give visitors their first opportunity to experience the full scope of Whitney’s practice contextualized in relation to his artistic community as well as his influences—from the history of art and architecture to quilting, textiles, and jazz.

Stanley Whitney: The Italian Paintings

Presented by the Future Buffalo AKG Art Museum


Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, Venice, Italy
April 20–October 9, 2022 

On view at Palazzo Tiepolo Passi during the 2022 Venice Biennale, Stanley Whitney: The Italian Paintings will gather examples from thirty years of Whitney’s acclaimed ‘Italian Paintings,’ many created in his studio near Parma, Italy, as well as a number of the artist’s Italian sketchbooks. The exhibition is presented by the future Buffalo AKG Art Museum and co-curated by Cathleen Chaffee, Chief Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and Vincenzo de Bellis, Curator and Associate Director of Programs, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. It marks the first time that Whitney will present works that have exclusively been created in Italy—from early works dating to the pivotal years he spent in Rome, to paintings made during subsequent summers spent in his studio near Parma throughout the last three decades.

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