Stanley Whitney: Interview

Stanley Whitney, Aura of the Sandfall, 2014, oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches (court
Stanley Whitney, Aura of the Sandfall, 2014, oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches (courtesy of TEAM Gallery)

Alteronce Gumby conducts an extensive oral history interview with painter Stanley Whitney.

Whitney comments: "... my big goal.[was that] I wanted to open the work up—not relying on the color, but on structure. I thought that Color Field artists were weak with their structure. And the color in those days was weak too. They used flat color right out of the jar or the tube, like Stella. But I didn’t want to give up color and touch—colors like Veronese’s or Courbet’s, or de Kooning’s sensuousness with oil paint. I was interested in how color and touch go hand in hand. The color changes with the touch—it’s a different color if you change the weight, or the amount of paint, or its viscosity. It’s much more nuanced. I was looking for a way that I could have all these things in one painting."