While many other artists have made black paintings,
the first one I thought of when I saw these
shiny black marks on the pavement
was Ad Reinhardt. An Abstract Expressionist,
Reinhardt was intensely sensitive to
subtle variations of color.
When his exhibition of black paintings
was first shown at the Museum of Modern Art
in 1963, patrons were shocked.
The artist explained,
"There is a black which is old
and a black which is fresh.
Lustrous black and dull black,
black in sunlight and black in shadow."*
It is fairly safe to say that old and fresh black,
along with lustrous and dull,
can be found in the above picture.
|Abstract Painting. Oil on canvas, 1963.|
Gift of Mrs. Morton J. Hornick to
the Museum of Modern Art, New York
*The notes above were adapted from the Museum of Modern Art website.