These are dark times, that is clear. As an art lover I prefer to go outside to get in touch with art wherever I can. It’s tough going from hundreds of visits a year to galleries, fairs, museums, art spaces, breeding grounds and artists to none at all. For me, confinement is an ordeal, a burden I only have to bear for a little while. Luckily, I can make a "voyage autour de ma chambre" and I can wander around the Embassy of Art in the spirit of Xavier de Maistre and enjoy my own art collection as a way to compensate art walks around the city.
Black is a driving force for me. In the Embassy collection I enjoy works where the power of the colour black plays an important role. These days black evokes negative associations in many people, but not to me, I enjoy the masters of black. Think of Kazimir Malevich and his most famous and most characteristic work "Black Square" (1915). Is it superficial, is it profound? Is it the black square full or is it empty? In any case, it is a work that has inspired many artists after him. Also think of Anish Kapoor and his search for a superblack. He came up with Vantablack, a coating so dark that the brain can barely process it. This superblack turns flat surfaces into bottomless holes. A Kapoor artwork as "Descent into Limbo" intrigues and confuses at the same time.
I happily accepted GalleryViewer's invitation to compile a collection from the wide range of playful and dynamic works that, in my view, all have the power of the colour black. The colour black is by no means a dark ending to me, rather a seductive beginning. I conclude my selection with an image of one of the most beautiful animals to exist, which is neither black nor white.