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The 46th Monologues in Black: 19th Exhibition of Prints from the Tyler Graphics Archive Collection

September 13, 2008 - November 24, 2008

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The color black has appealed to us since ancient times. It is often viewed as a color that expresses meanings of a negative kind, yet it is precisely for this reason that black can also be suited to artistic expression that probes our true human nature. Meanwhile, depicting something entirely in black is an effective way for the artist to directly convey the shape or profile of his image.
If richly colored works can be likened to an opera that plays out a grand drama through elements of music and lyrics, then works that are totally black can be compared to monologues, soliloquies delivered by a single actor on stage. They appeal by evoking an aura of strength and depth through their very simplicity. This is one reason why even today, in an era overflowing with color, many artists choose black as their preferred mode of expression.
This exhibition displayed prints by artists such as Robert Motherwell and Frank Stella, in which black is either only color or the base color. It introduced various approaches of these artists toward the color back.

Featured artists

Per Inge Bjørlo (1952-)
Stanley Boxer (1926-2000)
Mark di Suvero (1933-)
David Hockney (1937-)
Ellsworth Kelly (1923-)
Malcolm Morley (1931-)
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
James Rosenquist (1933-)
Steven Sorman (1948-)
Frank Stella (1936-)
Donald Sultan (1948-)
John Walker (1939-)