Dance the Orange is the first solo Museum exhibition for Stanley Whitney in New York. His colorful abstractions gained attention in the mid-1990s and continue to amaze audiences with blocks of color amidst horizontal strips on a sharply square canvas. His work is influenced by inspirations he receives from the everyday, such as jazz, poetry and literature. The influence of jazz, poetry and literature can be seen within the title of the works in the main gallery space, such as My Name is Peaches from a line in a song by Nina Simone. His newest works, in the alcove space, show his continued mastery of color with a new fluidity in the placement of the blocks of color, with some not even touching each other in line. Through October 25th, Dance the Orange is a must see show during the Summer months at The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Stanley Whitney “Hearts and Brains” 2012 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Elephant Memory” 2014 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “My Name is Peaches” 2015 Oil on linen. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.