White Walls vs. Colored Walls

White Walls vs. Colored Walls
David Hockney's only stipulation for his 2017 solo show at the Tate Gallery in London was that the background walls should be 'not white', so with his blessing, a palette of grays, reds and pinks were chosen to "enliven the colour of his paintings". This may seem counterintuitive. For decades galleries have maintained clean, crisp walls; the thought process being to eliminate distractions from the artwork. That's not necessarily the case, according to head of displays at Tate Britain, Chris Stephens. "If you put things that are darker than white on a white wall, they disappear".

Glen Rock Public Library's Infamous Green Wall!
I have seen this first-hand as curator of the Glen Rock Public Library Art Gallery which has its main wall painted forest green. Over the years I have hung dozens of exhibits and the green wall is not an issue - in fact, it has often enhanced the artwork hung against it!

So food for thought - what color are your walls?

 "Mostly New Works on Paper"
November 2019

1. "Florabundance" - Available as a Print

2. "Happy Family" - Original Available

3. "Octopus and Lobster" - Sold 

"Ballet Rehearsal Series"
December 2015

1. "Emperor's Waltz" - Sold

2. "White Rose Luster" - Original Available

3. "Sleeping Beauty's Wedding" - Sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ArtFully yours, 
Emily