From 16th century Biblical engravings to the chalky lines of Cy Twombly, black and white visual art has been a vital, though often neglected part of art history. Black and White explores the dialectic of freedom and restraint arising from the absence of color. Removing color schemes and only permitting variations of monochrome, this exhibition forces the viewer to focus their attention on things often passed over. It lends prominence to material, surface and light, bringing out what is often lost to color. In doing so, it forces the viewer to consider the depth and dynamism of color’s absence. A number of artists in the show elaborated various shades of grey, while others were stringently committed to using only black and white. These artists represent a diversity of approaches and identities, providing a unparalleled looking into the living legacy of monochromatic art.
About the Juror:
Site:Brooklyn is grateful to have the Rosario Güiraldes jurying this show. Güiraldes is Assistant Curator and co-curator of the Open Sessions artist program at The Drawing Center. She has organized curatorial projects and public programs at Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; University Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City; Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson; Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires; Judd Foundation, New York City; Consulate General of Argentina in New York; and Peña, Buenos Aires. Her most recent project Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics was presented in different versions at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona (2017), and at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City (2017).