I woke up in a dark mood that I couldn't shake, even after scoring an instacart pick up slot. I decided that Ad Reinhardt and Untitled 1960 was the perfect illustration for how I feel today.
Until recently I had never heard of American painter Ad Reinhardt 1913-1967. I was at the Princeton University art museum in February where I saw his piece - Untitled 1960. When you stand in front of this painting you can see that it is not solid black. It is a grid of 9 squares with small amounts of red, green, or blue to black pigment.
"The only way to say what abstract is, is to say what it is not." Ad Reinhardt
"Ad Reinhardt was a prominent American abstract artist, writer, critic, and educator. Although commonly associated with the Abstract Expressionists, his work had its origins in geometric abstraction, and, increasingly seeking to purify his painting of everything he saw as extraneous to art, he rejected the movement's expressionism. Although he was in turn rejected by many of his peers, he was later hailed as a prophet by Minimalists. His Black Paintings, which occupied him from 1954 until his death, are regarded as his crowning achievement, while the many cartoons he created that made fun of the art world brought him fame as a wry commentator."