Monochrome: Painting in Black and White Catalogue (PB)

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White Catalogue (PB)

£19.95

Painting ‘without colour’ has long held a fascination for artists and in this striking and original book, the authors explore how and why artists throughout the centuries have chosen to paint in black, white and shades of grey. Sometimes painters used trompe l’oeil monochromatic effects to imitate other media, such as sculpture, printmaking or photography; others have consciously limited their palette as a means of re-focusing the viewer’s attention, while modern and contemporary artists such as Cy Twombly and Gerhard Richter have often found inspiration in pushing black and white to its limits, and in new directions. The authors trace the history of this art form, from the symbolism of sacred images in medieval church ritual to the abstract canvases of the modern era.

With a contribution by Olafur Eliasson.

Accompanies the exhibition at the National Gallery, London 30 October 2017 – 18 February 2018 and the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 21 March – 15 July 2018.

Available in hardback

Author

LELIA PACKER is Acting Curator of Paintings, Watercolours, Miniatures and Manuscripts (excluding France) at the Wallace Collection, London. She was formerly McCrindle Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery.

JENNIFER SLIWKA is Deputy Director of the Visual Commentary on Scripture Project and Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London. She was formerly Ahmanson Curator of Art and Religion at the National Gallery.

Product Code 1043423
ISBN 9781857096132
Authors Lelia Packer - Jennifer Sliwka
Dimensions 28 x 23 cm
Format Paperback
Pages 240
Published October 2017
Publisher National Gallery Company Ltd
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