In the Absence of Color

Artists Working in Black and White

18 East 64th Street

May 2 – July 7, 2017

Allan D'Arcangelo - Constellation #10, 1970
Pablo Atchugarry - Untitled, 2016 - Hollis Taggart
Pablo Atchugarry - Untitled, 2015 - Hollis Taggart
Will Barnet - Abstract, circa 1960
Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) Apollinaris Hôtel de l'Observatoire, circa 1952
Ralston Crawford - Mission #2, 1944
Allan D'Arcangelo - Landscape, 1967
John D. Graham - Horse and Rider, circa 1945
Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) K.B., 2007
Mark Leithauser (b. 1950) In the North Greenhouse, 1983
Conrad Marca-Relli - Untitled, 1973 - Hollis Taggart
Conrad Marca-Relli - Untitled, 1973 - Hollis Taggart
Anna Elkan Meltzer (1896-1974) Recitative, 1964
Pablo Picasso - Goat's Head, 1952
Richard Pousette-Dart - Hero and Leander, circa late 1930s
Richard Stankiewicz (1922-1983) Untitled (Relief), 1978-79
Julius Tobias - Untitled, circa 1958-1961
Jack Tworkov - Untitled, circa 1962-63
In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White - Installation view
In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White - Installation view
In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White - Installation view
In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White - Installation view
In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White - Installation view
In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White - Installation view
In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White - Installation view
In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White - Installation view
In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White - Installation view
In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White - Installation view

Press Release

"But when I fell in love with black, it contained all color. It wasn’t a negation of color.  It was an acceptance. Because black encompasses all colors. Black is the most aristocratic color of all. The only aristocratic color." - Louise Nevelson

Hollis Taggart Galleries presents an exhibition probing the depth and versatility of a restricted palette. Richard Pousette-Dart, a member of the New York School and mainstay of American abstraction, employed a black and white color-scheme to render the mythic coupling of Hero and Leander as bold, heroic figures. In contrast, Mark Tobey used black and white to evoke the lyrical brushwork of Japanese calligraphy, in the form of a serenely organic ink painting.

The simplicity of black and white unites works across media. Louise Nevelson’s wooden wall constructions of abstracted, lunar forms hang in conversation with Jack Tworkov’s mixed media collages and Jasper Johns’ meticulously rendered lithographs.

At first glance, a dichrome palette may be viewed as limiting. In the Absence of Color challenges this notion, presenting a selection of work by artists who pursue black and white and prove that the works are anything but. 

CONTACT
Ashley Park
ashleypark@hollistaggart.com
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