Call & Response

Stanley Whitney painting at Lisson Gallery in Chelsea
Stanley Whitney painting at Lisson Gallery in Chelsea

As soon as we read that Stanley Whitney cranks Miles’ “Bitches Brew” each time he paints we knew Lisson Gallery would be our first stop in Chelsea. He puts a color down and responds to it with his next move, a call and response, similar to Miles Davis’s late sixties soundscapes. Needless to say, the show was a delight. These large paintings stop you dead in your tracks.

In a summer program at Skidmore College in 1968 Whitney became the favorite of his teacher Philip Guston. He credits Guston with teaching him how to put a painting together. Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo has a Stanley Whitney retrospective on its calendar for 2023.

Olga De Amara wall hanging at Lisson Gallery in New York
Olga De Amara wall hanging at Lisson Gallery in New York

And once we were at Lisson we discovered the Columbian textile art, Olga de Amaral. A revelation. A block away Gilbert and George were showing their “New Normal Pictures.” We spent nearly an hour on a bench in a white room looking at a barely discernible yellow sphere by Helen Pashgian. Lucy Raven’s video installation, “Ready Mix,” at Dia Chelsea was stunning. Chelsea still has the goods.

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  1. Just realized we completely avoided the Hunter Biden show. I guess we missed it because it was in SoHo, where there aren’t really reputable galleries anymore.

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