ARTmonday: 24 Black & White Abstract Artworks

That just a few strokes of black paint on a white canvas can have such impact, provokes a sense of wonder.  It could be bold colorblocking, some simple swirls, or seemingly carefree scratches. Well executed black & white abstract artworks use so little (but really so much), to present themselves as elegant and evocative.

I always admire black & white abstract artworks when I see them, most often in highly designed spaces in interior design magazines. A bit over two years ago I posted “Montage: 64 Rooms with Black and White Art,” showing room after room featuring black & white abstract artworks.

As I mentioned then, I find myself hesitating when confronted with purchasing such simple work, but really the payback is huge. You might think you could make that yourself, but you didn’t, and really, you couldn’t. Sure, you might be able to copy the piece, if you know which mediums to use and how to manipulate the materials, but as with fashion, it’s the most simple designs that are the most genius.

Here are 24 black & white abstract artworks, from masters that include Jean Arp, Josef Albers, and Jasper Johns, as well as less (or little) known contemporary artists.

Antoine-Puisais

Antoine Puisais

brice-marden

Brice Marden

David-Band-Rose-Drawing-#04

David Band

Alan-Johnston-Bartha-Contemporary

Alan Johnston  •  Bartha Contemporary

jaume-pinya

Jaume Pinya

jean-arp

Jean Arp

Josef-Albers-Show-Case-1935

Josef Albers

Mark-Handforth-Strange-Ring

Mark Handforth

matthew-feyld

Matthew Feyld

richard-serra

Richard Serra

Victor-Pasmore

Victor Pasmore  •  Laing Art Gallery

Bernar-Venet

Bernar Venet

alexander-calder-painting

Alexander Calder

Guy-Vandenbranden

Guy Vandenbranden

Jason-Karolak-untitled-(D-1007)-2010

Jason Karolak

Jasper-Johns-Untitled-1978

Jasper Johns  •  Matthew Marks Gallery

Jim-Lee-Untitled-(Freudian-Slip)

Jim Lee  •  Edward Thorp Gallery

lisa-hochstein-missing-pieces-2012

Lisa Hochstein

mark-rothko-black-painting

Mark Rothko

Markus-Amm

Markus Amm  •  David Kordansky Gallery

Richard-Diebenkorn-Black-Club-1981

Richard Diebenkorn

teresita-fernandez

Teresita Fernandez  •  Lehmann Maupin Gallery

vivienne-griffin

 Vivienne Griffin  •  Bureau Gallery

maria-dukers-abstract-1-2010

Maria Dukers

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