I heard a piece on the radio just a couple days ago about a current exhibit at the Getty. The work of French Artists, some well known others not. All black & white images. "Black can be intense and dramatic," says Timothy Potts, director of the Getty. "I mean it's dark, it's the color of the night, of the unknown, of the scary."
Frank Skiles is an artist who uses black with great effect in my humble opinion. Check out his art quilts.
There is nothing more appealing than a simple composition of black Sumi ink & brown Walnut ink on white paper. These three images are my creations. The first is a packet of small size "cards" cut from larger pieces of mark making play.
This little guy has been one of my favorite black objects to have on my mantle. A designer once told me you need to have something black in an arrangement. It gives your eye a chance to rest.