previews

  • “JACK WHITTEN: JACK’S JACKS”

    Hamburger Bahnhof
    Invalidenstraße 50-51
    March 29–September 1

    Curated by Udo Kittelmann and Sven Beckstette

    Jack Whitten’s enormous artistic risk-taking and rigorous self-discipline helped him produce an oeuvre almost unprecedented in its breadth and dynamism. Spanning his early gestural paintings to the final one he made before his death in January 2018, this thirty-five-painting survey will provide a much-needed introduction for European audiences. Rather than a linear time line, the exhibition aims to create a map of Whitten’s galaxy, presenting many works he dedicated to his artistic and intellectual peers, from Romare Bearden and Louise Bourgeois to John Coltrane and mathematician Alexander Grothendieck. The catalogue, too, promises to reveal new facets of Whitten, in essays from the show’s curators, Udo Kittelmann and Sven Beckstette, as well as curator Zoe Whitley, music historian Guthrie P. Ramsey, and painters David Reed and Stanley Whitney. We have only begun to know this artist in the fullness of his being.