A Black-and-White Gallery Tour of Chelsea

Daniel Larkin, Hyperallergic, April 2, 2015

The strident contrast between black and white is taking center stage at more than a dozen galleries in Chelsea and in Soho. Contemporary artists and a few artists from yesteryear are exploring unorthodox and atypical ways to experience this key contrast in color theory. The resulting formal grouping offers the opportunity for an especially focused walk that cherishes the yin and yang as a talisman and the zebra as a power animal.

At Fridman GallerySummer Wheat‘s black drinking vessels are shedding in “Cups” (2015). The shapes beside the cups vary between flakes, dots, and drops of black. These cool specks make the black cups look more solid, break up the monotony of the white background, and create a spray effect across the picture plane.