"There is something wrong, irresponsible and mindless about color; something impossible to control. Control and rationality are part of my morality." -- Ad Reinhard in 19601This monochrome painting by American artist Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967) is in the Museum of Modern Art (Moma) in New York. It's 60x60" (152.4x152.4cm), oil on canvas, and was painted 1960-61. For the last decade and a bit of his life (he died in 1967), Reinhardt used just black in his paintings.
Amy Sia, who took the photo, says the usher is pointing out how the painting is actually split up into nine squares, each a different shade of black.
Don't worry if you can't see it in the photo -- it's hard to see even when you're in front of the painting. In her essay on Reinhardt for the Guggenheim, Nancy Spector describes Reinhardt's canvases as "muted black squares containing barely discernible cruciform shapes [that] challenge the limits of visibility"2.
Monochrome Painting Project
1. Colour in Art by John Gage, p205
2. Reinhardt by Nancy Spector, Guggenheim Museum (Accessed 20 June 2007)