David Batchelor: Monochrome Archive

David Batchelor: no. 19 Islington, London, 1999; photo © David Batchelor

Exhibition, Monochrome Archive, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, until 3 May.

For nearly 20 years, British artist David Batchelor has been photographing his series of Found Monochromes – white rectangles and squares encountered on walks through cities from London to São Paulo. While he started looking at how abstraction is embedded in the urban fabric, the series has grown into a far more personal project: a psycho-geographical map of each city he visits. He says: “I often feel that abstract art is the art of the city and that the monochrome is its exemplary form”. Now for the first time, all 500 images – an explosion of white rectangles – are shown as a multi-screen installation.