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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Writers have tended to look no further than the end of the nineteenth century. Overall, you really covered Batchelor’s book and his research of the origins of our fear of color quite well.

Lots of references to Heart of Darkness and Donald Judd. Newer Post Older Post Home. The central argument of Chromophobia is that a chromophobic impulse – a fear of corruption or contamination through colour – lurks within much Western cultural and intellectual thought.

The adoption of industrial materials and modular compositional schemes are very important here. 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.

Really races along with great connections made between different art and cultural forms. chromophobai

Reviews and essays are licensed to the public under a under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4. He was saying that artists were JUST mixing colors. Its a good read, which leads to an examination of your own artwork, at least it did in my class. The white operating chromophoiba I commend books that are able to leave me wide-eyed while simply stating the reality of things.

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This book, for me, was an eye-opener about how randomly we associate things as good, bad, essential, or inessential, and how those judgements go on and on and evolve and become these monsters of historical sludge that sometimes we even align and agree with Other far superior books that I would recommend reading instead of the poorly written, disjointed, and over-reaching Chromophobia: Im going to definitely look into purchasing this book for my own self and read over it and see what I can personally take out of it.

White is deemed as antiseptic, clinical to denote an essence of purity, not in the metaphysical,”biblical” sense but as in void of any hues. Mar 01, Patricia rated it did not like it. References to Locke, Kant, and modern perceptual psychology merely add to the record of an old and persistent aesthetic binary dividing primary and objective processes design from secondary, subjective ones color. Jun 12, Victoria Haf rated it it was amazing.

Yes, when it comes to displaying art in a museum or home white walls allow the viewer to see the work uninhibited.

Autumn Spring Autumn Spring In other words, if you want to be seen as refined, then step away from that pot of hot pink paint and change out of your acid yellow jeans. But Chromophobia is not a systematic history; it is a piece of engaged criticism.

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I responded the most positively to chapters 3 and 4, Apocalypstick and Hanunoo, but still feel like the most valuable section of this work is its bibliography. It hasn’t violet’s rapid sexual shudder, or like a rough road the irregularity of ultramarine, the low puddle of mauve like a pancake covered with cream, the dissaproving purse to pink, the assertive brevity of red, the whine of green.

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Chromophobia David Batchelor The central argument of Chromophobia is that a chromophobic impulse — a fear of corruption or contamination through colour — lurks within much Western cultural and intellectual thought.

Popular Katie Range Toys. Generations of cultural producers, art theorists, and philosophers, claims Batchelor, have treated color as an object of fear and loathing, as an alien invader within the cultural organism. Short read but lots of thinking. Colour remains other; in fact, it often becomes more other than before. Beauty’s exile, an artifact of the renunciatory bent of modernism, was more historically restricted than is color’s subordination, which is altogether more pervasive and more enduring, less dependent on the quirks of the cultural moment.

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. A Publication of the College Art Association. I enjoyed the diversity of the materials used as examples as well as the complexity of the analysis provided.

I think the title says it all. I found this post very interesting and was drawn to it because of the garish book cover, which maybe repulsing and painful to the eye but none the less is still very eye catching.