Jack Whitten, American, 1939 - 2018
Dispersal ‘B’ #4, 1971
Pigment on paper
13 1/16 × 19 15/16 in. (33.2 × 50.6 cm)
Work on paper (Drawing)
Purchased with funds provided by the William F. Stern Acquisitions Fund

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In his innovative approach to abstraction, Jack Whitten sought to create artworks with a gesture, likening himself to “a camera trapping something in a single fix.” Just as a click of a camera could capture an image, Whitten sought to create instantaneous pictures that would forego overt narratives, but hold traces of the autobiographical. In Dispersal ‘B’ #4, 1971, Whitten sprayed and splattered dry pigment onto paper, underscoring his commitment to materials that create effects beyond his control.