Print Whitten Self-Portrait 11 x 14
This fragmented collage comprises a self-portrait. The carefully arranged small squares create a paper version of Jack Whitten’s unique approach to painting, where he collaged small tiles of dried acrylic paint. This work is related to a series by Whitten titled Black Monoliths, which pays homage to black individuals who contributed to society including poet Maya Angelou and professional boxer Muhammad Ali. With this collage, Whitten places himself among these groundbreaking luminaries. While Whitten’s primary focus here was investigating artistic materials, his title also grounds this image in the tradition of portraiture.

Approximate Measurements
Paper Size: 11.00" W x 14.00"H
Image Size: 10.00" W x 10.28" H

Jack Whitten, American, 1939-2018
Self-Portrait, 1993
Collage of cut painted paper
image: 18 13/16 × 17 15/16 in. (47.8 × 45.6 cm)
sheet (irregular): 29 7/8 in. × 23 in. (75.9 × 58.4 cm)
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie

Item #051499