Stanley Whitney: The Italian Paintings

On the occasion of the Biennale Arte 2022, the exhibition dedicated to artist Stanley Whitney was accepted as an Official Collateral Event, presented on the piano nobile of the sixteenth- century Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, located along the central stretch of the Grand Canal.

Organized around a central hall – alongside an ornate balcony that looks over the Grand Canal and an additional terrace draped in a pergola of wisteria – the exhibition winds through the side rooms, each with its own unique character and décor. Whitney’s paintings, presented in dialogue with the Palazzo’s aesthetic history, offer a new perspective on the artist’s creative processes and experiments. Taking a look at Stanley Whitney‘s practice over the last three decades through the Italian experience, “The Italian Paintings” not only represents the New York-based painter’s first opportunity to present works exclusively created in Italy, but also the first opportunity to view these works together in the place where they were conceived. The title of the exhibition refers to a body of work that includes key transitional paintings conceived during Whitney‘s time in Rome in the early 1990s, through to works created in the summers that followed, in his studio in Parma. This presentation considers, for the first time, the important influence of Italian art and architecture on Whitney‘s work.

“The Italian Paintings” at Palazzo Tiepolo Passi is supported by the Lisson Gallery; Lightbox handled the production and general contractor assistance.

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