Port Au Prince: A Painting of Hope And Spirit For The Haitian People (Primary Title)
Port Au Prince: A Painting of Hope And Spirit For The Haitian People (Primary Title)

Jack Whitten, American, 1939 - 2018 (Artist)
Jack Whitten, American, 1939 - 2018 (Artist)

Educational
2010
American
Acrylic on canvas
Overall (a): 44 1/8 × 66 1/16 × 2 1/2 in. (112.08 × 167.8 × 6.35 cm)
Overall (b): 44 1/8 × 66 1/8 × 2 1/2 in. (112.08 × 167.96 × 6.35 cm)
Overall (c): 44 1/8 × 66 1/16 × 2 1/2 in. (112.08 × 167.8 × 6.35 cm)
Overall (Entire Piece): 44 1/8 × 198 3/8 × 2 1/2 in. (112.08 × 503.87 × 6.35 cm)
2015.371a-c

"When I speak of space in painting, I'm speaking in terms of multi-dimensional space. A space that is infinite in all directions. This is what I got from Coltrane." --Jack Whitten

Turning from his Christian fundamentalist upbringing in segregated Alabama, Whitten moved to New York in 1959 to study art. Inspired by jazz and Abstract Expressionism, he began a painting career characterized for some fifty years by innovative materials and techniques.

Whitten made this monumental painting shortly after the devestating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Formed by thousands of tiny tiles sliced from a thick skin of acrylic paint, the work's surface involved more building than painting. Assembled like a mosaic, the tiles surround bright colored forms made by collaging a casting paint with the bottoms of plastic bottles.

Signed by the artist in graphite with acrylic overlay at lower right corner of "c" panel: J. Whitten 12 March 2010 [indecipherable word(s)]."
Gift of Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr.
New York Armory Show, March 3-6, 2011 / Zeno-X Gallery
© Jack Whitten

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