Constance Black: Toward Abstraction

April 8 - May 30, 2016

Curated by:
Elisabeth Pearl
Opening Reception:
Friday, April 8, 6pm
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About the Exhibition

Constance Black came to Provincetown in 1950 to study at the Cape Cod School of Art under Henry Hensche. By the 1960’s the town was buzzing with new ideas and art schools and although her background was academic black was bitten by the new teachings. She plunged into abstraction mentored primarily by the painter Jim Forsberg.

This exhibition focuses on Black’s newest work which shifts to geometric and minimal forms inspired by an interest in the mysteries offered by spiritual belief systems and concepts. Her baha’i faith has provided Black with an aesthetic that states there can be no break between nature, art, science, religion, or personal life. This belief is an ultimate unity-visualized as a central focus or enclosing sphere.

About the Artists

Constance Black

Constance Black was born and raised in East Walpole, MA. After graduating from high school, she studied for three years at the Vesper George School of Art before making her way to Provincetown to study with Henry Hensche at the Cape School of Art where she studied color and plein air painting. With her new husband, Carl Black, she found a home in Provincetown, where she continued to paint and exhibit her work at the Art Association, Salvatore Del Deo’s Front Street Gallery, and the first Provincetown Group Gallery. She credits artist Jim Forsberg both for his influence and the influence of the Hans Hofmann school.

After living part-time in the Washington DC area for over a decade, Black and her husband returned to Provincetown full-time, where she continued to be active in the art scene, starting the Visual Artist’s Cooperative and the Winter Space Gallery at the Art Association. In addition to exhibiting extensively in several galleries in Provincetown, Black had a solo exhibition of her prints at New York’s Pen & Brush, of which she is a member, has published four books of poetry, and has written several short stories and short plays, two of which were produced by the Provincetown Theater Workshop.

Ancillary Events

Gallery Conversation

Join us for a gallery talk with exhibiting artist Constance Black and exhibition curator Elisabeth Pearl on Saturday, May 7 at 1pm. Free and open to the public.