Stanley Whitney: Step by Step

Installation view: Small works by Stanley Whitney at Karma, New York (photo: Tam
Installation view: Small works by Stanley Whitney at Karma, New York (photo: Tamar Zinn)

Tamar Zinn blogs about works by Stanley Whitney at Karma Gallery, New York.

Zinn observes that: "By examining Whitney's studies, you see him explore how the rows communicate, how forms variously open up across a row or elbow tightly together. You see him grappling with space, color, and with the tension between line and color. Rapidly executed studies make visible the many permutations that are possible within a given framework and ultimately allow us to leap (or slowly step) to a new place. The scope of Whitney's studies reveal the diligence and concentration of a mind and hand always at work, continuously exploring and questioning step-by-step, asking why this and not that?"