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White | Black @ Acquavella Galleries, New York

Mon 13 Aug 2018 to Fri 28 Sep 2018

White | Black @ Acquavella Galleries

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18 East 79th Street, NY 10075, New York Upper East Side, USA
Open: By Appointment


White | Black

New York

White | Black
to Fri 28 Sep 2018
By Appointment

Acquavella Galleries presents White | Black, a group exhibition. On view are works by Miquel Barceló, Louise Bourgeois, Jean Dubuffet, Jacob El Hanani, Keith Haring, Rashid Johnson, Robert Longo, Manolo Millares, Joaquín Torres-García, and Andy Warhol in a variety of mediums.


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Installation View 1, Left to Right: Robert Longo, Untitled (Wall of Ice), 2016. Charcoal on mounted paper 88 1/4 x 70 inches (224.2 x 177.8 cm) © 2018 Robert Longo / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Jacob El Hanani, Cross-Hatching Linescape, 2016. Ink on gessoed canvas 15 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches (38.4 x 38.4 cm) © Jacob El Hanani. Miquel Barceló, Implosion-Explosion, 2013. Mixed media on canvas 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches (200 x 200 cm) Art © 2013 Miquel Barceló / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Installation View 2, Left to Right: Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982. Black ink on paper 108 x 210 inches (274.3 x 533.4 cm) © 2018 The Keith Haring Foundation. Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 2002. Fabric and stainless steel 79 1/2 x 12 x 9 7/7 inches (201.9 x 30.5 x 25.1 cm) © 2018 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY. Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1986. Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas 80 x 76 inches (203.2 x 193 cm) Art © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Though many of these artists are known for using bold, saturated color, they have originated styles so individualized that their aesthetic developments are legible in monochrome. In presenting the highly distinctive, yet often unseen paintings, sculpture, and works on paper, White and Black forefronts the juxtaposition of line, texture, and shadow. Through the elimination of color, comparisons across and between various time periods, artistic movements, geographic borders, and aesthetic styles are made possible.

White and Black juxtaposes works that engage in bold formal dialogues. Included in this exhibition is Haring’s Untitled (1982), Longo’s Untitled (Wall of Ice) (2016), Barceló’s Implosion-Explosion (2013), and Johnson’s Cosmic Slop “He Said, She Said” (2014). Haring’s use of bold outlines in his ink on paper mural, Longo’s delicate graphite shading, Barceló’s building up of texture, and Johnson’s scraping away paint to highlight negative space illustrate unique approaches to line that quickly became part of each artist’s aesthetic. Grouping these works—among others—shapes a more nuanced and original understanding of the artists’ development and influences.

In the exhibition, white and black—both colors that are heavily steeped in symbolic associations—serve as the ultimate foil to one another. In focusing on the contrast between the two colors, rather than a grayscale continuum, this exhibition diverges from the typical associations of black and white, instead reveling in the crisp abstract, gesture, and contours of the artworks. The delineation of white vs black as light vs dark, birth vs death, pure vs marked, and so many opposites, mirrors a similar delineation that often presents itself in art-world categorizations. In embracing contrast, this exhibition encourages a conversation across Contemporary and Modern, European and American, and Pop and Minimalist movements.


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