Whitechapel Gallery

David Batchelor

23 Dec 2014 - 10 May 2015

Monochrome Archive, 1997-2015
23 December 2014 - 10 May 2015

For nearly 20 years British artist David Batchelor (b. 1955) has been photographing his series of Found Monochromes – white rectangles and squares encountered on walks through cities from London to São Paulo. While he started looking at how abstraction is embedded in the urban fabric, the series has grown into a far more personal project: a psychogeographical map of each city he visits. He says:

“I often feel that abstract art is the art of the city and that the monochrome is its exemplary form”.

Now for the first time all 500 images – an explosion of white rectangles in the Gallery – are shown as a multi-screen installation, giving a spectacular counterpoint to the Adventures of the Black Square exhibition.

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