T00570 BLACK, WHITE AND GREY MOVEMENT NO.2 1962
Inscr. ‘Jack Smith 1962 Black, White & Grey Movement. (No.2)’ on back of canvas.
Canvas, 42×42 (107×107).
Purchased from the artist through the Matthiesen Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1963.
Exh: Matthiesen Gallery, February–March 1963 (13, repr.).
Repr: Arts Review, XV, No.3, 23 February–9 March 1963, p.6.
A development from the ‘Black, White and Grey Movement (No.1)’ painting at the Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York, which ‘is of a more obvious figurative content’ than the Tate picture (letter from the artist, 5 April 1963). The artist also remarked that the second version ‘is much more concerned with a form of musical movement. The word “Movement” in the title has a double meaning, one denoting movement of forms and the other having a musical connotation’. And for the catalogue of his 1963 exhibition the artist wrote a short introduction in which he said, ‘The closer a painting is to a diagram or graph the nearer it is to my intention. I like every mark to establish a fact in the most precise, economical way’.
The series is also related to ‘Turning Nude’ and ‘Figure’ exhibited at the Matthiesen Gallery in 1963 (Nos.1 and 2).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II