Published to accompany Simon Patterson’s first exhibition at Haunch of Venison, Black-List reproduces a new series of 10 large-scale paintings using the format and aesthetic of cinema end credits to explore the politics of Cold War anti-communist blacklists.
As David Campany writes: ‘Once the blank canvas and the black were accepted as art, every painting thereafter would be a painting on a painting. For the faint-hearted the monochrome represents the end. The bold have seen in it new beginnings writ large. Simon Patterson is bold and writes large on his monochromes. And the writing we see here speaks of cinema. The flat blackness of the Black-List canvases speaks of art, of Modernism in transition between the painterly surface and the industrial surface’.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Simon Paterson – Black-List at Haunch of Venison Zurich, 28 April – 3 June 2006.