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Untitled (Black on Black, B2)

© Ryan McGinness / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Ryan McGinness / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Ryan McGinness / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Ryan J. McGinness

American, born 1972

Untitled (Black on Black, B2), 2008

acrylic on paper

sheet: 40 x 26 1/2 inches (101.6 x 67.31 cm); framed: 42 3/4 x 29 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches (108.59 x 74.61 x 3.81 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

By exchange: Charles Clifton Fund, Charles Clifton and James G. Forsyth Funds, James G. Forsyth Fund, George Cary Fund, Evelyn Rumsey Cary Fund, Norman E. Boasberg Fund and Gift of Demotte and Company, 2012

2012:43

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Inscriptions

signature, dated / front, lower right / Ryan McGinness 2008

Provenance

Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, Califonia;
November 20, 2012, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Paintings (visual works)

Work Type

Acrylic painting (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Ryan McGinness creates drawings that are inspired by his urban surroundings and street culture, in particular corporate logos and graffiti art. Employing a layered system of symbols and signs, he blurs the lines between abstraction and representation by creating a visual syntax that seemingly tells a story, yet one that is nonlinear and open to investigation. Untitled (Black on Black, B2) is part of a series of six drawings the artist began in 2006 after separating from his wife. While previous works are bright, colorful, and evoke a Pop art aesthetic, here McGinness develops a darker sensibility by employing varied black and grey tones against a white background. This results in a brooding, yet playful, exploration of positive and negative space from which emerge the profiles of two humans gazing at each other.

Label from Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, July 8–October 15, 2017

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