Stanley Whitney @ the Studio Museum

Stanley Whitney, Loveroot, 2008 (courtesy of Martha and John Gabbert)
Stanley Whitney, Loveroot, 2008 (courtesy of Martha and John Gabbert)

Peter Schjeldahl reviews Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange at The Studio Museum Harlem on view through October 25, 2015.

Schjeldahl writes: "The works present wobbly grids of variously sized and proportioned blocks of full-strength color in friezelike arrays, separated by brushy horizontal bands.. It’s as if, for each painting, Whitney had climbed a ladder and then kicked it away. A viewer on the ground can only wonder how he got up there. A picture’s dynamics may seem about to resolve in one way: heraldically flat, for example. But blink, and the shapes swarm in and out—a Cubistic fire drill. I had the thought that I can’t live long enough to wear out the works’ alternate readings..."