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The official catalogue of the exhibition, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017, organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The BMA is proud to honor Jack Whitten, one of the most important artists of his generation, with this exhibition of his carved and assembled sculptures inspired by the materials and traditions of Africa and ancient Greece.
This ticketed exhibition features 40 sculptures carved from a diverse spectrum of materials— including wood, marble, copper, bone, and personal mementos—contextualized with African, Minoan, and Cycladic sculptures and other examples of objects that inspired Whitten across the years. A gallery dedicated to Whitten’s Black Monoliths, a series of paintings honoring African American figures, reveals the connection between Whitten’s paintings and his previously unknown sculptures, and marks the first time these works have been exhibited together.