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Stanley Whitney
Matthew Jeffrey Abrams

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 2pm EDT

In the context of Stanley Whitney’s exhibition of recent paintings at Gagosian, Rome, which closes on October 17, Whitney and author Matthew Jeffrey Abrams will discuss Abram’s new monograph on the artist and the diverse formative influences on the artist’s imagination. To join, register at

Stanley Whitney at his studio near Parma, Italy, 2012. Photo: Marina Adams, courtesy the artist

Stanley Whitney at his studio near Parma, Italy, 2012. Photo: Marina Adams, courtesy the artist

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Stanley Whitney, No to Prison Life, 2019 © Stanley Whitney


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Stanley Whitney, No to Prison Life, 2019 © Stanley Whitney

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Stanley Whitney was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, in May 2017. Founded in 1898, the 250-person Academy is dedicated to the recognition of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. It also administers over seventy awards and prizes, exhibits art and manuscripts, funds performances, and purchases artwork for donation to museums across the country.

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