"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. Everett Shinn, a member of the Ashcan school and mainstay of American Realism, employed a black and white color-scheme to render honest portrayals of the working poor in New York. In contrast, Andy Warhol used black and white to escape from technicolor commercialism, in the form of playfully organic renderings of flowers.
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.