Paint­ings by Kit White in new show

Eck­ert Fine Art presents ex­hi­bi­tion

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - YOUR WEEKEND -

KENT » Eck­ert Fine Art presents 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 Satur­day, Sept. 9, 4-7 p.m. 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 4:30-5 p.m. with book sign­ing to fol­low. Mono­graphs will be avail­able for pur­chase dur­ing the open­ing. The ex­hi­bi­tion will con­tinue through Oct. 1.

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.

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.

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.

Eck­ert Fine Art is lo­cated at 12 Old Barn Road, Unit 1 Kent, . To reach the gallery,

email gallery@eck­ertfin­eart.com or call 860-5920353.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

“Clan­des­tine” by Kit White.

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