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Producing artworks using a single color has been a major strategy for artists through out the twentieth and twenty-first centuries\, from Kazimir Malevich’s earl y suprematism to Anish Kapoor’s contemporary forms that attempt to imagine infinitude. Color Bind: The MCA Collecti on in Black and White investigates the museum’s rich permanent collect ion through one of art history’s basic formal lenses: the use of the colors black and white.

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Color Bind looks broadly at the MCA Collection to surv ey how color can be used literally\, formally\, and metaphorically in art a nd to reveal how apparently formal considerations are often rooted in socia l issues. Many artists represented in the exhibition\, such as Robert Ryman and Ad Reinhardt\, significantly limit their palette or produce works of o ne color in order to explore and emphasize the most basic formal aspects of art making\, such as line\, color\, and technique. Moving beyond such form alist meditations\, artists such as Richard Serra and Félix Gonzáles-Torres employ minimal color tones as a critical take on art’s representational ro le. Other artists intentionally use specific techniques combined with a bla ck-and-white palette as a method of introducing social and ethical dimensio ns into art practice. For instance\, Raymond Pettibon\, Marlene Dumas\, and Howardena Pindell appropriate the inky form of newspapers and comic books as a way to comment on conflict and violence. Kara Walker adopts nineteenth -century silhouette forms to present racially exaggerated bodies\, and Glen n Ligon\, who does the same in his print series\, also uses the monochrome canvas in his paintings as both a metaphor and a foil for depictions of rac e. Artists such as Richard Artschwager and Adam Brooks use text to demonstr ate how basic language can be co-opted into polemics\, or “black-and-white” forms of discourse.

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With dozens of w orks in all media\, Color Bind muse s on the ways the English words “black” and “white” evoke both simple forma l notions and metaphors for race\, politics\, and historical movements. Set to coincide with the upcoming US presidential election\, this exhibition c alls attention to the ways seemingly neutral formal terms assume moral dime nsions that\, in turn\, complicate and politicize the very works assumed to be neutral.

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This exhibition is organ ized by Naomi Beckwith\, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

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