The Artspace Project Wall, situated on the west-facing façade of the Artspace and facing the intersection of 43rd and Main Streets, is an ongoing site for temporary public art projects by contemporary artists. The Artspace Project Wall features selected and commissioned works by national and regional artists. Since its inauguration, the Artspace Project Wall has received important support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Artspace Project Wall: Stanley Whitney
March 29 – January 31, 2020
Guest curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah
Stanley Whitney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1946, and now lives and works in New York City and Parma, Italy. He holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute as well as an MFA from Yale University and is currently Professor emeritus of painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Whitney has been exploring the possibilities of color since the mid‐1970s. His works exhibit a masterful pictorial balance with an underlying tension; conflict and resolution between colors and forms simmer within each painting. Whitney’s work is included in public collections around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Albright‐Knox Art Gallery, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Larry Ossei-Mensah, MOCAD’s Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. The Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic has organized exhibitions and programs at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from New York City to Rome in addition to documenting cultural happenings featuring the most dynamic visual artists working today such as Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Federico Solmi, and Kehinde Wiley. Ossei-Mensah is also the co-founder of ARTNOIR a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class.
In 2017, he was the Critic-in Residence at ART OMI and in 2019 he will serve as a curatorial mentor at the VisArt in Rockville, MD. He recently co-curated the solo exhibition of Allison Janae Hamilton’s work with Susan Cross at MASSMoCA entitled PITCH. Ossei-Mensah is also the recent recipient of the Warhol Foundation grant for $50K for his upcoming exhibition in spring/summer 2019 at MOAD in San Francisco entitled Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox co-curated with Dexter Wimberly. Follow him on Instagram/Twitter at @youngglobal.