The Limited Palette is an exploration of 18 art objects–all created within the last 50 years–from the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection that exhibit minimal use of color. Objects range from two-dimensional drawings, paintings and prints to three-dimensional ceramics, both functional and conceptual. Artists include Alice Ballard, Genevieve Willcox Chandler, Linda Fantuzzo, Nina Gelardi-Shedd, Chris Hanson, Steven Jordan, Lynda Karl, Elizabeth Keller, Kincheloe, Jean McWhorter, Alex Powers, Chris Ritsch, Allan Taylor, Martha Thomas and Charles Williams.
A limited color palette forces the artist to pare down and think more about color relationships, like which colors mix well together to achieve desired hues and what colors look good against one another. The Limited Palette is a study of color minimalism through a wide variety of art objects, not only in terms of media and scale, but also subject matter, style and technique. Visitors will enjoy pondering the vast possibilities of making art using only a handful of colors, a technique touted by many of the great masters.