Yves Klein and Stanley Whitney
This Array of Colors

Galería Cayón, Madrid / Spain

June 19–September 5, 2019
June 12, 2019
Opening: June 19, 8:30pm

Galería Cayón Menorca
Carrer de Sant Roc 24
07701 Mahón


Galería Cayón is pleased to open its second season in Mahón, Menorca, with an exhibition focusing on the exploration of color through the works of Stanley Whitney (Philadelphia, 1946) and Yves Klein (Nice, 1928–Paris, 1962).

Whitney has been exploring the possibilities of color for several decades. In Whitney’s recent paintings, color takes center stage with off-kilter geometric areas of color filling his canvases. These spaces of color, laid out in a weave-like pattern, reflect the artist’s continued pursuit of placing color at the core of artistic creation. 

For Whitney, every color expresses a living world, a trait equally visible in the works of the late Yves Klein. Klein, another great artist deeply committed to color, shared the idea of color as an autonomous entity. He believed that color possesses a revelatory quality—that all space is viewed differently through color. In his own words: “The line travels through infinity, whereas color is infinity.” 

This exhibition, held in the main hall of Galería Cayón in Menorca, will include a selection of recent paintings by Stanley Whitney, as well as Yves Klein’s iconic installation, Pure Pigment. This work by Klein was first presented in 1957 at the Galerie Colette Allendy, Paris. It will be recreated for this exhibition with the support of the Yves Klein Archives.

The gallery will release a catalogue of the exhibition featuring a conversation between Stanley Whitney and Hans Ulrich Obrist along with images of works in the show.