The book Chromophobia, David Batchelor is published by Reaktion Books. contemporary culture. foci books are intended for an intelligent, alert audience with a general .. Here is a near-perfect example of textbook chromophobia: ‘The . David Batchelor’s book Chromophobia describes how colour has been marginalized and taken less seriously than we may imagine in the.

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Color as biblical fall, as acid trip, as intoxicant, as eve-in-need-of-a-rein, color as return to the unconscious, the savage, the exotic, the feminine, the dangerous; whether white-cube-dwelling chromophobe or kaleidoscopic chromophile, color is never mere surface. Though he addresses only some of these questions directly, British art writer David Batchelor implies that the answer to all is “chromophobia,” a deeply ingrained Western prejudice, dating back to antiquity, by which color is denigrated and suppressed.

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.

Chromophobia poses real life situations as allegories for the greater messages intended by the book, thus a familiar face is placed onto the abstract concepts of color. It wanders away from documenting the fear and suppression of color and becomes curious about color in general. Examples of colourful antique and modern architecture where we fail to perceive colour because we believe it is colourless.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. A Publication of the College Art Association. Like cosmetic materials, color has been viewed by many as an artificial imposition upon a monochromatic world 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 Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


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Either way, colour is routinely excluded from the higher concerns of the Mind. Matthew Affron University of Virginia. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Open Preview See a Problem? Having been one of the first books introduced to me under the topic of color theory, I thought this book had such a great balance between describing the ideas of the past versus the ideas of the present.

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Profoundly influenced the way I make and understand art. Cezanne’s color theory is one instance.

As with all societally entrenched types of bigotry, you find yourself subconsciously reliant on its forms, even if you’re temperamentally indisposed or philosophically averse to accepting its arguments.

A whole chapter is devoted to the thorny problem of the semiotic value and contingencies of color. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. This heritage is a contradictory one, Batchelor admits; but he nevertheless finds a pattern within it. 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. Really races along with great connections made between different art and cultural forms.

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Nov 09, Edith Serkownek rated it it was amazing. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Hcromophobia 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.


Batchelor chrimophobia place the answer in the age-old opposition of form and color, most visibly inscribed in the Renaissance grudge match of “disegno versus colore: Le Corbusier may have come to respect white above all else, but extracts here from his earlier travel diaries reveal a man almost drunk on the colours of the Orient.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. This is apparent in the many and varied attempts to purge color, either by making it the property of some “foreign body” See 1 question about Chromophobia…. You cannot fail to be stimulated by his thoughts”. Home Contact Us Chromophobiw Free delivery worldwide. The prose is cumulative and passionate in its effect and widely referential — from Barthes to Melville, Wim Wenders to Huysmans.

Interesting thesis that Western culture is afraid of color.

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