Chromophobia (FOCI) by David Batchelor

By David Batchelor

The primary argument of "Chromophobia" is chromophobic impulse - a terror of corruption or illness via color - lurks inside of a lot Western cultural and highbrow notion. this can be obvious within the many and sundry makes an attempt to purge color, both by way of making it the valuables of a few 'foreign physique' - the oriental, the female, the childish, the vulgar, or the pathological - or through relegating it to the world of the superficial, the supplementary, the inessential, or the beauty. Chromophobia has been a cultural phenomenon on account that historic Greek instances; this booklet is anxious with sorts of resistance to it. Writers have tended to seem no extra than the tip of the 19th century. David Batchelor seeks to move past the boundaries of previous experiences, analysing the motivations at the back of chromophobia and contemplating the paintings of writers and artists who've been ready to examine color as a good price. Exploring a variety of imagery together with Melville's "Great White Whale", Huxley's "Reflections on Mescaline", and Le Corbusier's "Journey to the East", Batchelor additionally discusses using color in Pop, minimum, and more moderen art.

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