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James Whitney

California artist James Whitney (1921 - 1982) began his career as a painter, studying in the US and England. His interest in the relationships between music and abstract art grew over time, as did his fascination with themes of spirituality, universality, and individual identity. His older brother, John, was fascinated by new technologies and how these could be implemented as part of the artistic process, particularly in film. James was more focused on hand-generated art , but ultimately saw that some of the new technologies his brother was working with might assist his own artistic vision in terms of replicating serial imagery. By combining his painstakingly hand-crafted work with the tools offered by technology, James created art that embodies something of the fluidity and feel of music in its visuals.
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