Kit White: Walls and Occupied Spaces

April 16, 2019—August 31, 2019

Opening Reception:

April 16, 2019, 6-8pm


Art Daily

FreedmanArt opens an exhibition of new paintings by Kit White

April 23 2019

NEW YORK, NY.- FreedmanArt is presenting Walls and Occupied Spaces, new paintings by Kit White, opening April 16, 2019.

 

The spaces in these paintings exist as metaphorical landscapes occupied by linear structures derived from both the organic and inorganic.

 

Kit White’s new work incorporates photographic images into his paintings as poignant backdrops to abstract lines. The photograph provides a material, worldly context for the drawing, which, though abstract, represents the real as an analog mark.

 

This new series of works seek out images of land that have been scarred by conflict. Initially, the images were of contested spaces of what we have traditionally referred to as the Middle East, places where competing claims to land have led to war-like confrontations. Conflicts of all kinds, violent and non-violent, surround us and announce themselves through walls, barriers, and borders. These collisions, not always physical, are manifestations of the fraught politics of occupation, both actual and symbolic. The artist also found himself drawn to the photographs of Matthew Brady (1822 – 1896) and others of the Civil War, and meditating on the figurative wall born of that conflict, a psychological division that continues to separate us.

FreedmanArt

Kit White in Conversation with Jason Stopa - Saturday, April 27 NOON

April 20, 2019

As part of the Madison Avenue Gallery Walk presented by ARTnews, FreedmanArt is pleased to invite you to:

Kit White in Conversation with Jason Stopa

Saturday, April 27, NOON

“Landscape is more than the picturesque and the scenic. It articulates our collective sense of self. The spaces it describes are not merely physical, but psychological and cultural. It is a complex conflation of ambitions, affinities, identities and mythologies. Landscape is, by its very nature, political.” – Kit White, 2019

Press Release: Kit White: Walls and Occupied Spaces

March 13, 2019

FreedmanArt is very pleased to present Walls and Occupied Spaces, new paintings by Kit White, opening April 16, 2019.

 

The spaces in these paintings exist as metaphorical landscapes occupied by linear structures derived from both the organic and inorganic.

 

Kit White’s new work incorporates photographic images into his paintings as poignant backdrops to abstract lines. The photograph provides a material, worldly context for the drawing, which, though abstract, represents the real as an analog mark.

 

This new series of works seek out images of land that have been scarred by conflict. Initially, the images were of contested spaces of what we have traditionally referred to as the Middle East, places where competing claims to land have led to war-like confrontations. Conflicts of all kinds, violent and non-violent, surround us and announce themselves through walls, barriers, and borders. These collisions, not always physical, are manifestations of the fraught politics of occupation, both actual and symbolic. The artist also found himself drawn to the photographs of Matthew Brady (1822 – 1896) and others of the Civil War, and meditating on the figurative wall born of that conflict, a psychological division that continues to separate us.

 

Kit White studied at Harvard University, A.B. Fine Arts, Cum Laude, and had his first solo exhibition with Betty Parsons at Parsons/Dreyfuss Gallery in 1977. His work has been the subject of more than twenty- five solo exhibitions in galleries and Museums. He received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award for painting and was a professor of painting for twenty-one years at Pratt Institute. His work is the subject of a monograph by Carter Ratcliff, Line Into Form, and Kit is the author of the international best-selling book 101 Things To Learn In Art School, published by MIT Press. A large selection of the original drawings from this book are in the collection of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, George Washington University.

 

FreedmanArt established in 2011, serves to educate the public with an active exhibition program, guided by invitational artist exhibitions and special project conceptions both historical and new.

Kit White Artist Statement: Walls and Occupied Spaces

March, 2019

Over the years, I have approached the space of my paintings as metaphorical landscapes. They have horizons and are occupied by linear elements that act as surrogates for structures both organic and inorganic. But because paintings are wholly created spaces, the parameters by which they are judged are formal in nature. All content reaches the viewer through a formal lens. Yet, it is the other lens, the photographic lens, through which we now receive most of our knowledge of the world and contextualizes most of what we know of it.

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