ColorTherapy: Gallery White is Dead! Dark Walls Come to Chelsea

ColorTherapy: Gallery White is Dead! Dark Walls Come to Chelsea

Mark Chamberlain
Nov 18, 2008

A brief update from Chelsea: art galleries everywhere are hanging on tinted walls this season and I'm all for it. Banish the beige! It started a few years ago with artists hanging small paintings over large wall drawings, and then people began seeing that one had options for mounting exhibitions. Gallery walls were painted in vivid colors like chartreuse and life vest...

Then Yvon Lambert opened this season in New York with Andres Serrano's latest exhibition mounted on black walls, à la last week's Color Therapy post Black is Beautiful. Another great example of art gallery color daring may be found currently at Zach Feuer.

Anton Henning's German expressionist paintings on traditional themes look great against a dark, green-grey backdrop. I'm told that the artist chose the color himself, Cement Grey (Zementgrau), and represents No. 7033 on the German RAL color chart. Herr Henning has already used this wall color at the Gemeente Museum in the Hague, so we know he's partial to it.

Why don't you pop into Chelsea yourself to see what other artist's are doing with color?

Possible color suggestions from the Ralph Lauren deck: Artist Grey UL31, Sheen River NA70, Mount Villarica NA59, Garden Spigot TH15.

Photos courtesy Zach Feuer Gallery.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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