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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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Philosophical writings on color, from the classic texts to recent deconstructionist approaches, provide recurring points of reference.

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. Dagid don’t quite agree with some of Batchelor’s conclusions but it is interesting nonetheless. Jan 15, Courtney is currently reading it.

We have removed the tickets from your shopping cart. David Batchelor seeks to go beyond the limits of earlier studies, analyzing the motivations behind chromophobia and considering the work of writers and artists who have been prepared to look at color as a positive value.

Definitely comes from that postmodern school of a broad contextual approach to the subject – but in this case it does more than just talk around the issues. No trivia or quizzes yet. Though he addresses only some of these questions directly, British art writer David Batchelor implies that batchslor answer to all is “chromophobia,” a deeply ingrained Western prejudice, dating back to antiquity, by which batchelkr is denigrated and suppressed.

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. I strongly agree that it is a big part of western cultural belief that white is for davis sense of purity, especially in clothing. The actual incompatibility of colour terms “Colour is interdiciplinary.


A limited number of non-member tickets are available for purchase at the exhibition ticket desk each day, but there is no guarantee of availability. A good, smart take on a pretty fusty subject.

Visual Studies course Penn. It’s not a word with any resonance, although the ‘e’ was once pronounced. Batchelor uses quotes from MelvilleLe Corbusier and Huxley to demonstrate the power of white in Western art. Writers have tended to look no further than the end of the nineteenth century.

Colors allow artists to express emotions and bring things to life. You cannot fail to be stimulated by his thoughts”.

Batcheloor 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. There is an argument, but the book also has a sometimes conversational, sometimes meditative feel. Jun 06, Jon rated it liked it.

I’m sure the fact that I was attracted by its garish pink cover is not an accident; so it turns out judging a book by its cover can have its benefits. Colour is the “other” in western culture. You seem to be somewhat paradoxical in your personal chromophobi of color as you are at once annoyed by the florescence of the book cover and saddened by the beautiful literature you claim to be more or less curomophobia the use of color.

How for example cchromophobia colors in the abstract davd as green-yellows are univerally more difficult to convey than others. Open Preview See a Problem?

Are You a Chromophobic? This book says our culture fears colour…

But Chromophobia is not a systematic history; it is a piece of engaged criticism. But Batchelor is also interested in a second, larger claim. Write your own review. Please click here to confirm that you accept OR click here to proceed without cookies being used except for cookies which are strictly necessary.


Chromophobia by David Batchelor

Popular Tickets Art Exhibition Catalogues. As Rachel also said, I remember reading Chromophobia in Colour theory class. To view it, click here. Course of Empire – Exhibition Catalogues. In the course of awakening susceptible readers to the full spectrum of visual experience, Batchelor arms them with the skepticism appropriate to discerning whether a purported virtue is simply a self-imposed poverty in disguise. Shop by Batcheor Art Prints: The inevitable conclusion is that aesthetics, art history, criticism, and the teaching of art in the West are profoundly resistant to color.

It hasn’t the sly turn which crimson takes halfway through, yellow’s deceptive jelly, or the rolled down sound in brown. Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites – Monochrome: This book is accessible and readable, and full of interesting arguments.

Aug 28, Jonathan rated it chro,ophobia liked it. And why is it that the thing actually seems to be black, not just colored black? I also found the point about white being used to look more “put together” very interesting.

Not going to lie- I had to reread some sections 3 or 4 times in order to fully comprehend I chromophoobia various moments of epiphany throughout the book, which fueled my desire to keep on readi Having been one of the first books introduced to me under the topic of color theory, I thought dsvid book had such a great balance between describing the ideas of the past versus the ideas of the present.

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