In the studio with Stanley Whitney

Ahead of his London Lisson Gallery show, ’Radical Times’, artist and jazz aficionado Stanley Whitney opened his New York studio, giving us exclusive insight into his processes and inspirations...

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‘I was born with the colour,’ Whitney once said of his signature style, that fizzes with energy and musicality. Despite the sense of freedom and joy in his hand-sketched geometry and loosely drawn grids, they are often motivated by politics and influenced by hardship.

Deep Water was painted after witnessing migrants arriving in Greece from the Middle East, while titles such as Wandering and Wondering, Nightlife and Dreamtime point to moments of quiet reflection and rest amid Whitney’s chaotic, yet colourful, life.

’Radical Times’ is on view until 2 July 2016

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