I recently explored the Monochrome: Painting in Black and White exhibition at the National Gallery, as I was invited to attend a tour by curator Jennifer Sliwka through a collaboration with two organisations linked to the arts in London: YPA and The Peggy Society.
It was my birthday and the perfect way to start the day. A morning tour of a London gallery is such a luxury - normally reserved for major donors or board members and their guests, it's reassuring that opportunities do exist to explore 'out of hours' for the rest of us.
When I first heard about the Monochrome exhibition I have to admit that I found the lack of colour off-putting - but how wrong I was. Colour has been left out of these pieces for many reasons but each tells a fascinating story. Worth doing your research with this one, as well as paying particular attention to the detail of individual pieces.
Sure there are the 'big name' artists but the really interesting stories take place where you least expect it. Exploring black and white painting over a 700 year period, the exhibition incorporates 50 pieces which demonstrate what can happen when artists focus on the visual power of black, white, and everything in between.