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Jun 10, 2016 at 07:23 PM

Celebrating the Art of Black and White at Indigo

By Genny Cummings

A Brief History of Black and White Art

Celebrating the Art of Black and White at Indigo


Monochromatic painting - creating the exploration of one color, the examination of values changing across a surface, the expressivity of texture and nuance, expressing a wide variety of emotions, intentions and meanings in a wide variety of ways and means.  The shape, form and composition of black and white art influences the unique appeal due to its difference compared to works of color. 

Impressionists avoided black paint—finding areas of darkness to be filled with color—American artists in the ’50s and ’60s returned to black with a vengeance. Frank Stella, Richard Serra, and Ad Reinhardt all created monochromatic black paintings, stripping the canvas of any subject matter other than the paint itself. Taken together, these painters prove that black is as nuanced a color as any other, capable of many permutations, tones, and textures.  “There is a black which is old and a black which is fresh. Lustrous black and dull black, black in sunlight and black in shadow.” (Reinhardt, 1967).

The color most missed by painters is likely Lead White. While scientists in the late 19th century identified lead as poisonous, it wasn’t until 1978 that the United States banned the production of lead white paint, the hue could capture and reflect a gleam of light like no other, though its production was anything but glamorous. In this era, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Ryman, and Agnes Martin turned to titanium and zinc whites to create monochromatic white paintings, while artists like Dan Flavin bypassed pigments altogether in sculptures that emitted white light directly.

Source - A Brief History of Color in Art

The shape, form and composition of black and white art influences the unique appeal due to its difference compared to works of color. 


Black and White Art Exhibition June 3rd - August 20th

Indigo - 1321 State Street, Santa Barbara

Works in Black and White by ten local artists
 
Anthony Askew ? Tom Cummings
 Peggy Ferris ? Rosemarie Gebhart
Marilee Krause ? Patricia Post
Tom Post ? Dug Uyesaka
Siu Zimmerman ? Seyburn Zorthian

Works in Black and White by ten local artists
 
Anthony Askew ? Tom Cummings
 Peggy Ferris ? Rosemarie Gebhart
Marilee Krause ? Patricia Post
Tom Post ? Dug Uyesaka
Siu Zimmerman ? Seyburn Zorthian
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