Philly art in black, white and the gray tones that come in between is an effort to view art when artists remove color from their palette and focus on the power and strength of using just black and white. There are many reasons why an artist might just use black and white.
Enabling the artist and ultimately the viewer to focus their concentration and awareness on a specific subject, idea or method is one good reason. Another good reason we have found here at the Gallery is that black and white subject matters have always been well received and appreciated because of their climactic lighting, slight shadows, and areas of enormous contrast. A third reason might be to enable the viewer to appreciate the nuance of a piece of art and how an artist obtains shapes using tones rather than depending on colors.
The African-American visual artists featured in this book are by no means a complete list of Black artists or
Philadelphia based Black artists. There are countless Black artists and Philly artists who have made significant contributions to the arts.
This book highlights not all artists who have participated in our story, but specifically those whose art we published as black and white reproductions. Hence the title “Philly Art In Black and White”.