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Stanley Whitney: How Black is That Blue is Whitney’s first full-scale exhibition in Los Angeles at Matthew Marks Gallery. The exhibition features nine large-scale oil on linen paintings boasting Whitney’s signature use of bold color and gesture, along with two works in gouache on paper. Though Whitney has only made square paintings since the mid-1990s, one rare exception is “Twenty twenty,” which, at 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide, is the exhibition’s largest work. Over the past four decades Stanley Whitney has relentlessly explored the nature of color, touch, and structure, producing a complex and visually engaging body of work. He has employed the same organizing system within his paintings for almost twenty years — blocks of color divided by thin horizontal lines on a square canvas — allowing him infinite possibilities to create paintings within paintings. Alive to the world around him, Whitney’s personal experiences are ingrained in his abstractions, as his wide-ranging titles suggest. Stanley Whitney: How Black is That Blue is on view now through April 10 by appointment and online at the gallery’s dedicated virtual exhibition space.

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