Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

Exhibition Overview


Odalisque in Grisaille
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and workshop, Odalisque in Grisaille, c.1824–1834

“Painting in black and white is a thread that runs through the history and practice of art,” explain curators Lelia Packer and Jennifer Sliwka. The show brings together artists from the Middle Ages to the present day, with works that “challenge viewers to reconsider their perception of the world around them”. In the 12th-century, Cistercian monks used black and white after Abbot Bernard of Clairvaux pronounced colour “unnecessarily exciting to the senses”, while contemporary artists such as Gerhard Richter “draw on monochrome’s metaphorical associations and affective qualities”, say the curators.

(Photo: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and workshop, Odalisque in Grisaille, c.1824–1834, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1938, 38.65, © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource / Scala, Florence)

Exhibition Highlights


Pablo Picasso

Las Meninas (Infanta Margarita María)

Chuck Close

Joel

Gerhard Richter

Grey Mirror - 765
Exhibition Highlights

Pablo Picasso

Las Meninas (Infanta Margarita María), 1957
© Succession Picasso / DACS, London 2017. Photo: Museu Picasso, Barcelona; Gasull Fotografia

Chuck Close

Joel, 1993
Courtesy Pace Gallery. Photo: Bill Jacobson, courtesy Pace Gallery. © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery

Gerhard Richter

Grey Mirror - 765, 1992
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. Photo: SMK. © Gerhard Richter 2017
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