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Jack Whitten at the Rose Art Museum

  • Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02453 (map)

Abstract artist Jack Whitten’s decades-long career illustrates a brilliant convergence of creativity, experimentation and political activism. His work is represented in the collections of the Rose, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.

In 1974, Whitten had a landmark solo exhibition at the Whitney. Forty years later, a major retrospective, “Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting,” was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and later traveled to the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Walker Art Center. A longtime believer in abstract painting’s ability to address political issues, Whitten created a monumental artwork, “9.11.01,” into which he incorporated crushed bone, glass and ash, as a memorial to the lives lost on September 11. 

Whitten will receive an honorary degree from Brandeis at the University Commencement on May 22.