The painting at the top of this post is Jack Whitten’s Chinese Sincerity (1974), which was acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego last year. MCASD chief curator Kathryn Kanjo is organizing a retrospective of Whitten’s work that will open next year.
By using a tool to push acrylic paint quickly across a canvas in the early 1970s, a process Whitten discusses on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, Whitten pioneered what is now called ‘squeegee painting.’ The most famous painter to build on the development is German master Gerhard Richter, who made the three paintings shown below the new MCASD Whitten. It’s not known whether Richter, who seems to have used a squeegee-like tool starting in about 1985, was aware of Whitten’s paintings from the early ’70s.
From the second painting to the bottom of this post, the Richter ‘squeegee paintings’ shown are St. Andrew (1988, collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), November (1999, collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum) and Ice (1) (1989, collection of the Art Institute of Chicago).
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