Over the past decade, New York–based artist Wade Guyton (b. 1972) has pioneered a groundbreaking body of work that explores our changing relationships to images and artworks through the use of common digital technologies, such as the desktop computer, scanner, and inkjet printer. Guyton’s purposeful misuse of these tools to make paintings and drawings results in beautiful accidents that relate to daily lives now punctuated by misprinted photos and blurred images on our phone and computer screens. Comprising more than eighty works dating from 1999 to the present, Guyton’s first midcareer survey features a dramatic, non-chronological design in which staggered rows of parallel walls confront the viewer like the layered pages of a book or stacked windows on a monitor. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture, and concludes with two spectacular new canvases, stretching up to fifty feet in length, which Guyton created specifically for the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer–designed building. The title, Wade Guyton OSemploys the common acronym for a computer’s “operating system,” linking Guyton’s art to the technologies of our time.
Wade Guyton OS is organized by Scott Rothkopf, Curator and Associate Director of Programs.
Generous support for Wade Guyton OS is provided by the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Candy and Michael Barasch, Allison and Warren Kanders, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, and IPPOLITA.
Significant support is provided by Mike De Paola, Erin and Peter Friedland, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Tony Salamé: Aïshti foundation, Constance R. Caplan, Nina and Frank Moore, Suzi and Andrew B. Cohen, Brigitte and Arend Oetker, Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Barbara and Howard Morse, and The Cowles Charitable Trust.