Q: What’s black and white and read all over
A: A newspaper
NP Contemporary Art Center is pleased to announce Black and White and Read All Over, a group show that will take place between December 14th and 23rd in the east gallery space of 131 Chrystie Street. Featuring 11 artists, the show will touch on a variety of related topics that intersect in the show’s title. Questions of reference and dissemination—the circulation of ideas and forms—under the umbrella of aesthetic pleasure and nostalgia unite the works chosen for inclusion in Black and White and Read all Over.
Nostalgia isn’t exactly what it used to be, and thinking back to one’s youth entails a relationship with pop cultural detritus as well as anachronistic forms and media. This is why a common riddle of the current 20-something’s youth has decreased currency: the recent decrease in circulation of newspapers moves it to near meaninglessness. However, these decreases do not lessen the currency of circulation itself and ideas move more widely and freely than ever carried by increasingly im-mediate media.
But, as art comprises the set of a society’s articulations and representations, nostalgia (for forms and ideas of its relatively recent history) also haunts the art world through the specters of Modernism and gestalt experience as well as the basic set of aesthetic pleasures based on the development of these.
In the spirit of these observations, a gallery experience has been organized with attention to the occasional monochromatic severity, simplicity and elegance of the avant garde and the dilletant sensibility of colors that hang well over one’s couch: divided between restrained black and white and eye-catching colors, works in the show also address the dispersal of ideas and forms over an ever-expanded field.