‘It’s All Black & White’ Exhibition at Pepperdine

By JARED HAMM | Intern

Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art will feature the “It’s All Black & White” exhibit, showcasing contemporary art from the museum’s foundation.

Russian artist Kazimir Malevich and his pieces “Black Square” of 1915 and “White on White” of 1918 revolutionized art in the early 20th century.

“He set the tone for later developments by showing how powerfully expressive paintings can be made using only pure black or pure white,” a recent press release from the museum said.

Matthias Bitzer, “Untitled” (Ectoplasma Series)
Photo courtesy of Pepperdine

“It’s All Black & White,” curated by Billie Milam Weisman, will focus on how contemporary artists have used black and white in their work since 1970. The majority of pieces are American, with a special focus on California.

Many artists were inspired by Malevich’s ideas and used it in a very different style with each interpretation: Jasper John and Robert Rauschenberg created pop art based on the black and white concept. Process art was used by Ed Moses and Emerson Woelffer to embody Malevich’s ideals.

Father daughter duo Charles and Natalie Arnoldi used their art in the exhibition to create different styles of art with the same idea.

“Black and white are conceptual but also sensuous. This exhibition is smart but also stylish,” Museum Director Michael Zakian said.

The exhibition will be open from August 27 through December 8. There will be an opening reception Sunday, September 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit arts.pepperdine.edu