Kit White - Recent Work + Line Into Form
September 9 - October 1, 2017
Eckert Fine Art is pleased to present Kit White – Recent Work + Line Into Form, a solo presentation of White’s latest paintings in complement to the release of his new monograph, Kit White Line Into Form. The opening event will be held from 4-7pm on Saturday, September 9 at 12 Old Barn Road in Kent, Connecticut. A special guest talk with Carter Ratcliff, author of Line Into Form, will occur during the opening from 4:30-5pm with book signing to follow. Monographs will be available for purchase during the opening. The exhibition will continue through October 1st.
This exhibition looks at White’s recent developments in painting as it relates to the span of his career, which has recently been fully contextualized by author, editor, and art historian and theorist Carter Ratcliff. Taking into account White’s studies at Harvard University from the mid-70s, to work being produced up until 2015, Kit White Line Into Form accomplishes the daunting task of illustrating White’s work in full chronological scope. At 195 pages and featuring over 120 color plates, Ratcliff sites major examples of White’s work to back up his biographical and theoretical information.
The artist’s various bodies of work are explored in depth, from early geometric abstractions to a series based on Greece and another on Maine, to his current and ongoing series, the landscape-like, non-objective mark paintings. Ratcliff also expertly takes on the task of situating White’s work in an art historical context as it relates to major influences including Paul Klee, Thomas Cole, Philip Guston, and Giorgio Morandi. Additionally, the author dials into White’s pictorial concerns as he addresses White’s imagined skies, suggested horizons, and implied places that play host to his formal language of marks, lines, and smudges. White’s titles are also reviewed as they relate to their subjects, of primary note their reference to classical literature, as White also writes professionally. The monograph wraps up its analysis in 2015, and Eckert Fine Art will be providing recent examples of White’s work in the gallery to offer a full scope of the artist’s career to date.
Kit White is a New York City and Ancramdale, NY based artist. He studied Fine Arts at Harvard University and his work has been the subject of numerous gallery and museum exhibitions in New York and elsewhere. He has received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award for Painting and his work is in many museum collections including the Guggenheim Museum. His writing on art has been published in many magazines and catalogs, and his book 101 Things to Learn In Art School was published in 2012 by MIT Press. It is now in eight languages. He has taught and lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and many universities and colleges. He currently is a professor of painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and is married to the writer Andrea Barnet.
Carter Ratcliff is a Contributing Editor of Art In America and the author of numerous books, essays and reviews on art. His commentary has been published by major journals in the United States and abroad, including Art In America, Art Forum, Art International, Brooklyn Rail, and Modern Painting, and in catalogs published by major American and European museums. Ratcliff’s books include The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art and Art Out of the Box: The Reinvention of Art, 1965-1975. He has published monographs on John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keefe, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, and Gilbert & George among others. He has taught art history and theory at New York University, and Hunter College as well as other prominent schools. He is also a poet and novelist. His most recent book of poetry is Arrivederci, Modernismo and his fist novel, Tequila Mockingbird, was published in 2015.