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Wallace Whitney

Wallace Whitney is a painter based in the Bronx. His work has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, most recently Braided Sky at Ceysson & Beneteire, New York and Patience Gift at Soloway, Brooklyn. Whitney is an educator who has taught at the University of Tennessee and the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. His practice includes writing about art including catalogue essays for numerous artists and for the online magazine Artcritical. Whitney has curated exhibitions in the United States and abroad, notably Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966–1976 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit in the spring of 2019 and Feed the Meter, Vol. I and II at Ceysson and Benetiere in Wandhof, Luxembourg in 2015 and 2018. Whitney is a co-founder of the artist-run gallery Canada.

On Hats

For over twenty years, Canada has been artist led, as Sarah Braman and I still maintain studio practices in addition to the daily work of running the gallery. The most common question we get is how do you find time for the studio, the gallery, and family life? Honestly, the people that I know who are most successful do only one thing all the time. It is a personality type, different but as distinct as the trickster figure; but my alter ego isn’t Hermes. Maybe it’s a draft horse. I get a lot out of being part of a gallery, especially when the place is full and something exciting is happening. There are bumps and bruises as well, the price you pay to wear multiple hats. I suggest making sure one is a crash helmet.


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2023

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