Dick Pountain and David Robins. Chromophobia. David Batchelor. Global Dimensions. John Rennie Short. Celebrity. Chris Rojek. Activism! Tim Jordan. Animal. 17 Jul The above quote from German author Goethe closes Chromophobia, a book about colour in culture by artist and author David Batchelor. The book Chromophobia, David Batchelor is published by Reaktion Books.

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Paperback with flaps ISBN: I didn’t either understand half of what the author was saying, hopefully not because of my own stupidity, but because he didn’t make sense.


White is deemed as dzvid, clinical to denote an essence of purity, not in the metaphysical,”biblical” sense but as in void of any hues. For him, color is both a fall from grace and a fall into grace; it represents both decadence and the recovery of innocence, and is both a poison and a cure. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Looking at Pictures HB. Even the art is uniformly gray.

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Batchelor’s method is to assemble quotations from wide-ranging sources and talk around and through them. I don’t quite agree with some of Batchelor’s conclusions but it is interesting nonetheless. Visit the CAA Website. Interesting essay on Western culture’s obsession with white and whiteness in art and other aspects of life and our general fear of color. Oct 05, Jennybach rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not such a pure colour as one might think.

Contributor Nov 26, Lots of chromophobiaa to Heart of Darkness and Donald Judd. Jan 04, David Dixon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Except that I feel uncomfortable casually passing something dhromophobia as batchelorr. The Invention of Colour. Critical thinking at its best. It is not even simply ostentatious.


Art Criticism Art–General Studies. You also may like The central argument of Chromophobia is that a chromophobic impulse – a fear of corruption or contamination through color – lurks within much Western cultural and intellectual thought.

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Very curious description of drug use with color theory. This book is accessible and readable, and full of interesting arguments. Why do decorators discard dust jackets and have the library rebound in matching leather? Also of interest is the chapter on the role of semantics and color interpetation. Aug 21, Kendra rated it it was amazing Recommended to Kendra by: It hasn’t the sly turn which crimson takes halfway through, yellow’s deceptive jelly, or the rolled down sound in brown.

These arguments about the art of the s extend perspectives already charted by Batchelor in his earlier book entitled Minimalism London: Western culture’s disregard of color as immature and primitive have even seeped into other cultures and it is becoming more and more apparent in their contemporary decorating and architecture. Jan 06, Troy rated it liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Als I liked the range of sources and the way this book made me think about colour. Writers have tended to look no further than the end of the nineteenth century. Matthew Affron University of Virginia. About Contact News Giving to the Press. Instead, they take up the old charges against color and actually intensify them to subversive effect.

Batchelor comes at the problem of color from a variety of viewpoints. Jan 20, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Painting in Black and White – Lake Keitele: The text is excited and partial in ways that are very often quite pleasing, even if it rambles in spots and avoids making its points directly or completely.


Colour is dangerous, or it is trivial, or it is both.

Delivery within 15 days. Batchelor’s own take on color theory is not only a well-researched overview of color in art, architecture, cinema, and literature; it is also a call to action of sorts for artists to reclaim color from its minimalist bastardization in art and its commercial bastardization dzvid the market culture.

Chromophobia by David Batchelor

In the first, colour is made out to be the property of some ‘foreign’ body—usually the feminine, the oriental, the primitive, the infantile, the vulgar, the queer or the pathological. Paperbackpages. But Chromophobia is not a systematic history; it is a piece of engaged criticism. The argument is anchored by, though not limited to, a consideration of color in the discourse of aesthetics and art history.

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We learn about the history of color systems—the various wheels, charts, and palettes that have been used to divide and to regulate the color continuum. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Popular Katie Range Toys. Open Preview See a Problem?