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Jack Whitten: ‘The political is in the work’

Abstract painter Jack Whitten remembers meeting Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

Jack Whitten grew up in Alabama and met both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X during the civil rights movement in the USA.

In his abstract painting Homage to Malcolm the artist pays tribute to the civil rights leader. The classic and strong symbol of the triangle as well as the dark, moody and deep colours and textures of the painting represent Whitten capturing the essence of Malcolm X.

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Artist

Jack Whitten

1939–2018
Artwork

Jack Whitten Epsilon Group II

1977

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