Team Gallery’s current Chez Perv group show is an ode to grey concrete and monochrome. It includes the work of Oscar Tuazon, an artist with a penchant for monochrome, this time in collaboration with Gardar Eide Einarsson and Matias Faldbakken.
Scottish sculptor Rothschild makes brilliant black metal works – sometimes dropping with black fabric pieces that cut gallery spaces up like a pen on a piece of paper.
Betye Saar is best known for her art work that critiques American racism toward blacks.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a Neo-Expressionist painter in the 1980s. He is best known for his primitive style and his collaboration with pop artist Andy Warhol.
Holstad has a practise that ranges from installation to finally made grey drawings created on rubbed out newsprint pages.
If you’re into the abstract, Grabner, who gained a good dose of praise for her work co-curating this year’s Whitney Biennial, makes work about philosophy, repetition, and mathematical order. Often in grey.
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James Van Der Zee was a renowned, Harlem-based photographer known for his posed, storied pictures capturing African-American citizenry and celebrity.
Faith Ringgold is an American artist and author who became famous for creating innovative, quilted narrations that communicate her political beliefs.
Longo is the king of black and white. He made his name in the 1980s with big black and white figures and his latest show contains 12 charcoal version of Abstract Expressionist paintings from Rothko to Pollock.
Harking back to simpler times with artists scraping the colour off their palettes and going B&W
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Henry Ossawa Tanner was an American painter who frequently depicted biblical scenes and is best known for the paintings “Nicodemus Visiting Jesus,” “The Banjo Lesson” and “The Thankful Poor.” He was the first African-American painter to gain international fame.
Gordon Parks was a prolific, world-renowned photographer, writer, composer and filmmaker known for his work on projects like Shaft and The Learning Tree.
The first professional African-American and Native-American sculptor, Edmonia Lewis earned critical praise for work that explored religious and classical themes.
This British painter often employs monochrome – though often that means subtle strokes of pale blue or washed-out grey. These simple seeming pieces are all about shapes and traces. His solo show at Max Hetzler coincides with gallery weekend.
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Gruzis monochrome paintings are so perfectly painted they almost look airbrushed or digital. His use of shadow, shape and ‘space grey’ paint is in a league of its own.
An African-American artist and painter, Laura Wheeler Waring created portraits of many well-known figures from the NAACP and the Civil Rights Movement.
This Chicago-based artist is one of the graphic artists that once you see you don’t forget. His black and white works brim with humour, madness, pattern, hand and goggly eyes.
Kara Walker is an African-American artist who rose to fame for her use of large paper silhouettes to explore social issues surrounding gender, race and black history.
Painter Simmie Knox is the first African-American artist to create an official U.S. presidential portrait. He debuted his portrait of President Bill Clinton in 2004.
Horace Pippin was an esteemed artist known for his renderings of the African-American experience, as well as biblical and historical imagery.
Sculptor Augusta Savage was one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance as well as an influential activist and arts educator.
Hancock is one of those artists quietly plugging away at the weirdest fictional world you’ve ever seen. This 20 year retrospective of psychedelic and often monochrome drawings, gives TDH a proper dose of attention.
Lorna Simpson is a photographer whose work explores stereotypes of race and gender, most often with an emphasis on African American women.
Gwendolyn Bennett was a noted Harlem Renaissance figure who was a poet, fiction-writer, journalist and visual artist, later helming educational programs.
E. Simms Campbell was the first African-American syndicated cartoonist, particularly known for his illustrations for Esquire magazine.
If you missed it in NYC, its worth the trip (and at least the catalogue) to see this incredible retrospective of Christopher Wool paintings. His use of black and white is genius – from black stencil text works to scrawled paintings using everything from enamels to screen printing.
Jacob Lawrence was an American painter, and the most widely acclaimed African-American artist of the 20th century. He is best known for his Migration Series.
If only life was as simple as black and white. From charcoal to a blank page, these two extremes of the spectrum and every nuance in between are one of the building blocks of art. Here are some of best black, white and grey artworks on show now.
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