Gilbert Lewis, Untitled (February 14, 1982)
In all likelihood, the model in this painting wished to be depicted in his tuxedo. Was he someone who attended many gala events? Or perhaps a caterer? Lewis allows his viewers to construct their own narratives. The painting is a tour de force that shows off the artist’s ability to depict the various textures of black-on-black materials, from the patent leather shoes to the satin cummerbund and lapels.