New York

Neil Jenney

Whitney Museum of American Art

The six paintings selected for “Neil Jenney: Natural Rationalism” depict that mythic North American landscape of verdant forests, picturesque valleys, swollen rivers, and open skies. Recalling John Locke’s proclamation that “in the beginning all the world was America,” Jenney’s paintings conjure the unspoiled frontier of the New World and the transcendental visions it inspired.

Reminiscent of the works of the Hudson Valley and Luminist painters in particular, Jenny’s paintings appropriate the epic proportions of sublime landscape painting, exaggerating the horizontal format in some works to such a degree that the painting’s vertical dimension all but disappears. Framed in heavy-set, black moldings that lend them a museumlike gravity and titled in a blocky typeface that recalls 19th-century fire-engine or railroad-car numbers, Jenney’s paintings reference the landscape tradition of the

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