Art Term

Chalk

Chalk is a soft powdery white or off-white writing or drawing material in crayon form, generally used on a blackboard or other dark surface

Tacita Dean, ‘The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days’ 1997
Tacita Dean
The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days 1997
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© Tacita Dean, courtesy Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

Chalk is an inorganic material composed of calcium carbonate. It is naturally occurring, but has also been produced industrially throughout the twentieth century.

Selected artworks in the collection