Since the 1970s, Whitney’s oeuvre has been dominated by compositions with grids of brightly coloured rectangles. He was influenced not only by the works of Josef Albers but also by the study of historic architecture and building methods.
In spite of their regular form, his works are spontaneous, as he said in an interview in 2017: “When I start these paintings, I have no idea what it’s going to be. I don’t start with a sketch or an idea.”
In recent years, Whitney has been honoured at renowned international exhibitions and has recently commanded sixand seven-figure prices on both sides of the Atlantic.
Ketterer is hoping to benefit from this upsurge in demand. This painting, which was sold by a Viennese gallery in 2007, the year of its inception, to a Bavarian collector, is now expected to bring €150,000-250,000.