Undoubtedly, art is primarily what an artist feels and tries to show us on canvas or in another depictive form. Nevertheless, not everyone agrees that a monochrome image can be called a work of art, especially, if it is totally black, though black is a colour, and who knows, perhaps the larger part of the universe is dominated by black – the dark matter – which is thought to make up nearly 85% of the universe matter. Who knows, maybe this is a cause of such an irresistible love for black in the creativity of some artists.
1. Ad Reinhardt “Abstract Painting No. 5”
A famous American contemporary artist Ad Reinhardt explains his appetence for the ultimate black colour in the following way: “There is something wrong, mindless and irresponsible about colour; something impossible to control. Control and rationality are part of my morality”. The 1960s were the time of changes in people’s minds and rebellion against moral, ethical and esthetical foundations adopted in the society. Reinhardt died in 1967 and he spent the last 10 years of his life, being totally obsessed with black, which was the only colour in all his paintings created at that time.
2. Kazimir Malevich “Black Square”
Any review on black paintings can do without mentioning the most renowned and discussed artwork ever – “Black Square” by the Ukrainian artist Kazimir Malevich. Black Square appeared in 1913 and is now kept in Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. This abstract art was not meant to exist and be shown separately, being created for the Cubo-Futurist opera “Victory over the Sun” as part of the stage curtain design. However, with the time, Black Square became frequently referred to by art critics, historians, and artists as the "zero point of painting". It seems to symbolise the point of singularity which gave birth to the whole universe.
No one knows for sure whether Ad Reinhardt was inspired by this famous black abstract painting or whether he came to this way of self-expression by himself, but this artwork is incredibly appealing to lots of talents worldwide, and TrendGallery artists fell for it, as well.
Under the influence of the work by Malevich, the leading artist in TrendGallery, Kalinina, painted her TOTAL BLACK and DARK DEPTH, and Sergio found the inspiration to produce DARK DEPTH. These are the mysteries of the universe and human mind singularity that were incentives to create something entirely black and at the same time realistic since being part of our world.