Jack Whitten: Resisting Dichotomies & Compressing Complexity

Date: April 2018
Skills: Editing
Client: Art21

Pulling from raw transcripts, I excerpted and edited this previously unpublished text from producer Ian Forster’s interview with artist Jack Whitten in the course of creating the Art21 Extended Play film, “Jack Whitten: An Artist’s Life.”


Interviewed in his Queens, New York studio in October 2017, Jack Whitten reflects on his childhood, the inequality he faced as a Black artist, and the necessity of fighting simplistic dichotomies.

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