Black On Black (Woman Looking At Abstract Painting)
December 28th, 2010 - New York, United States
Truly the last refuge of the disillusioned street photographer is the museum.
Apparently, when Ad Reinhardt's Abstract Painting was first exhibited in 1963, at least one MOMA member cancelled his membership in disgust. Reinhardt explained that the picture contains three distinct shades of black, which only become visible after prolonged staring at the work. What struck me, looking at it almost fifty years later, other than it considerable and surprising beauty, is that visitors wearing several different shades of black themselves see no irony in their dismissive cries of "Jeesh, what a stupid idea!!"