John MacWhinnie (b. 1945)

John MacWhinnie (b.1945). Portrait of Patricia Anichini. Oil on canvas, 1972, signed ‘MacWhinnie’ and dated lower right, with label from the Parrish Art Musuem.


28 x 18 in., 29 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (frame).


Provenance: Elaine Graham Weitzen Gallery; collection Dr. and Mrs. Hyman Weitzen. 


Condition:
Craquelure and surface soiling.


Oil on canvas, 1972, signed ‘MacWhinnie’ and dated lower right, with label from the Parrish Art Musuem.


28 x 18 in., 29 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (frame).


Provenance:The artist.


Condition:
Craquelure.


Biography:


1945 – Born April 22 in Rockville Centre, NY
1963 – Moves with family to Southampton, NY
1964-72 Undergraduate studies in Philosophy at Southampton College, New School for Social Research, Hunter College.
1964- Meets Fairfield Porter
1972 – Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts degree from Southampton College of Long Island University.
1965 – Lives in Greenwich Village, New York. Begins painting.
1966 – Studies painting under Larry Rivers. First one-man shows, Southhampton College.
1967-73 Willem DeKooning visits studio several times.
1967 – Paints backgrops conceived by Alex Katz for John Myers Artists Theater at Southampton College.
1967-75 – Fairfield Porter becomes close friend.
1969 – First New York one-man show, Brata Gallery, New York. John Ashbery review, Art News. One-man show, Gotham Book Mart, New York. One-man show Southampton College.
1970 – One-man show at Gotham Book Mart, New York. Group show, Dorsky Gallery.
1971 – Selected for Who’s Who among American Students. Prize for excellence in painting, Heckscher Museum, NY First prize for painting, Parrish Art Museum Southhampton, NY. One-man show, Tower Gallery, Southampton, NY
1973 – One-man show Parrish Art museum Southampton, NY One Man Show Tower Gallery, Southampton, NY; One-man show, Southampton College, NY. Included in New York Directions Show, Heckscher Museum.
1974 – Prize for excellence in painting, Heckscher Museum, NY Oneman show, Borgenicht Gallery, New York. John Ashbery catalogue introduction. Major article by Amei Wallach in Newsday.
1975- Guggenheim Museum purchases major painting “The Studio” 36 ft, long. Group show, Borgenicht Gallery, New York. Group show at University of Bridgeport, Ct. Brooklyn Museum acquires landscape. Interview with David Shapiro appears in Art International. Group show, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York.
1976 – One-man show, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York. Tara Collins article appears in Arts magazine.
1978 – Joins Marlborough Gallery, New York. “Aspects of Change” Group show, Heckscher Museum, NY. One-man show Tower Gallery, Southampton NY.


In his drawings, John MacWhinnie’s touch looks both fast and careful. As passages of light and dark gray build themselves into volumes, the surface takes on a lively filicker. Lots of paper shows through, so white advances constantly twoard the eye, flattening volumetric forma and working against illusions of space. Space resists: MacWhinnie’s flickering grays lead into depth and provide form – especially bodies – with convincing situations to inhabit.