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ALLEN WHITING

American, b. 1946

In Flight

1984, oil on linen
signed Allen Whiting 1984 lower left
45 x 70 in., frame: 47 x 72 in.

  • Provenance: Provenance: The artist; The Collection of a Williamstown, Massachusetts Gentleman.

    Grogan & Company is pleased to present five works by noted Martha's Vineyard artist Allen Whiting as a special section of The Spring Auction. In the introduction to the 2006 book Allen Whiting: A Painter at Sixty, fellow contemporary landscape artist Wolf Kahn (1927-2020) eloquently reflects on Whiting's method and style. "Allen and I shake hands; he is a companion in arms. We are both landscape painters. I have great respect for him as a person and as an artist. We met when I visited the Vineyard in the early '90's, and he gave me permission to paint on his land. We went out sketching and painting together, and a friendship began. Every time I go to the Vineyard, I try to look him up. I just like the way he lives--like him as a person, his attitude, and his slightly disorganized surroundings, somewhat left to themselves. I love his barn, for example, which looks like it takes care of itself. It doesn't feel as if he's a part of the gussying-up of the Vineyard. He's not trying to prove anything. He's very interested in shapes, interested in the shapes that the wind makes of the trees, and I think that's something unique to the Island. If you think of trying to translate the familiar, you're already in trouble. You have to have an innocence of spirit, and I believe Allen has that. I've said that unless your paintings have ten times as many things in them as you intended, you're not an artist. Allen has that ability. He is a fine painter. You can never tell what he is going to come up with next, because he's not trying to be Allen Whiting. He's being an artist and responding to the moment."
  • Dimensions: 45 x 70 in., frame: 47 x 72 in.
  • Artist Name: ALLEN WHITING
  • Medium: 1984, oil on linen

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