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

Allan D'Arcangelo (1930-1998)
Constellation #10, 1970
Acrylic on canvas, 86 x 86 inches
Signed and dated on stretcher verso: "D'Arcangelo 70"

Pablo Atchugarry - Untitled, 2016 - Hollis Taggart

Pablo Atchugarry (b. 1954)
Untitled, 2016
Black marble, 29 1/8 (H) x 10 1/4 (W) x 6 1/4 (D) inches

Pablo Atchugarry - Untitled, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Pablo Atchugarry (b. 1954)
Untitled, 2015
Statuary Carrara marble, 21 1/4 (H) x 7 7/8 (W) x 3 1/2 (D) inches

Will Barnet - Abstract, circa 1960

Will Barnet (1911-2012)
Abstract, circa 1960
Gouache and collage on paper, 9 1/2 x 7  inches
SOLD

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) Apollinaris Hôtel de l'Observatoire, circa 1952

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972)
Apollinaris Hôtel de l'Observatoire, circa 1952
Box construction, 18 1/4 (H) x 12 1/4 (W) x 3 1/2 (D) inches
Inscribed and signed verso: "French Underground / World War II. / Joseph Cornell"

Ralston Crawford - Mission #2, 1944

Ralston Crawford (1906-1978)
Mission #2, 1944
ROSS-BOARD scratch board, 11 x 14 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "RALSTON CRAWFORD / 26 APRIL, 1944"

Allan D'Arcangelo - Landscape, 1967

Allan D'Arcangelo (1930-1998)
Landscape, 1967
Plastic and ink on paper, 21 1/8 x 24 1/8 inches framed
Signed and dated lower right: "D'Arcangelo Nov 1, 1967"
Titled lower center: "'Landscape'" / Inscribed on verso: "A10 / Drawing Gallery #5D"

John D. Graham - Horse and Rider, circa 1945

John D. Graham (1886-1961)
Horse and Rider, circa 1945
Graphite and colored pencil on paper, 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 inches
Inscribed and signed upper left: "To friend Betty / Graham"

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963) K.B., 2007

Alex Kanevsky (b. 1963)
K.B., 2007
Aquatint and Etching on Japanese Gampi paper, 25 x 17 1/4 inches
Edition 2 of 2
Numbered, titled, signed, and dated lower center: "AP 2/2 K.B. Alex Kanevsky 2007"

Mark Leithauser (b. 1950) In the North Greenhouse, 1983

Mark Leithauser (b. 1950)
In the North Greenhouse, 1983
Etching on paper, 18 x 15 inches
Edition 44 of 90
Signed, dated and inscribed

Conrad Marca-Relli - Untitled, 1973 - Hollis Taggart

Conrad Marca-Relli (1913-2000)
Untitled, 1973
Collage on canvas, 13 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "MARCA-RELLI /73"

Conrad Marca-Relli - Untitled, 1973 - Hollis Taggart

Conrad Marca-Relli (1913-2000)
Untitled, 1973
Collage on canvas, 13 1/2 x 14 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "Marca-Relli /73"

Anna Elkan Meltzer (1896-1974) Recitative, 1964

Anna Elkan Meltzer (1896-1974)
Recitative, 1964
Graphite on paper, 16 1/2 x 12 3/8 inches (sight size)
Signed and dated lower right: "Anna E. Meltzer – 1964 –"

Pablo Picasso - Goat's Head, 1952

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Goat's Head, 1952
Aquatint, 18 5/8 x 25 1/4 inches
Edition 15 of 50
Numbered and signed lower left: "15/50 / Picasso""

Richard Pousette-Dart - Hero and Leander, circa late 1930s

Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992)
Hero and Leander, circa late 1930s
Conté crayon and ink wash on paper, 18 13/16 x 11 7/8 inches
Signed and titled verso: "R. POUSETTE-DART / HERO & LEANDER"

Richard Stankiewicz (1922-1983) Untitled (Relief), 1978-79

Richard Stankiewicz (1922-1983)
Untitled (Relief), 1978-79
Steel, 6 (H) x 6 (W) x 1/2 (D) inches
Initialed and dated on bottom: "R.S. 1979-6"

Julius Tobias - Untitled, circa 1958-1961

Julius Tobias (1915-1999)
Untitled, circa 1958-1961
Oil on canvas, 10 x 7 3/4 inches

Jack Tworkov - Untitled, circa 1962-63

Jack Tworkov (1900-1982)
Untitled, circa 1962-63
Torn paper collage, 15 x 18 3/4 inches

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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