Batchelor adeptly weaves together some curious trends in our complex relationship with colour The recurring themes certainly get you thinking, but are best taken with a grain of salt, as the examples brought into this dense little book don t always say what he thinks they do as surely as his eloquence might incline one to believe Insightful, but not revolutionary.
David Batchelor exposes some key truths about how colour in recent history is experienced, purposefully trivialized and in essence, feared by men in power especially those of a higher social class andwell, white The book has some great cornerstones but at the same time I could not fully enjoy it because I found the writing to be extremely all over the place There are some sudden brilliant ideas in it which also seem to vanish in thin air within the same page they aren t explored further Batchelor jumps from one half explained idea to the other repeatedly, quotes one philosopher after the other and quite arbitrarily so It makes the phenomenon of chromophobia feel much built on random words from individuals rather than cultures as a whole.
Batchelor also uses a lot of, in my opinion, unnecessarily pompous l
The only thing that I would say about this book is, I wish Batchelor had written a long long essay out of the last two chapters rather than writing this whole book.
Fascinating read critical analysis betrays the often baffling perceptions color in popular culture Why the persistent dichotomy between the frictionless authority of the achromatic the otherness intoxication of color The book itself is a delightful, pink object, though I should note significantly that the type itself is set attractively in BW.
Central passage To be colourful is to be distinctive equally to be dismissed The bibliography is extensive, but it is helpful to be familiar w the following works figures before engaging w the book Le Corbusier,Roland Barthes,Yves Klein,Donald Judd,Aldous Huxley,Doors of Perception, and Heaven HellA Rebours Against Nature Heart of Darkness,Moby Dick,Flatland,Pleasantville,the Wizard of Oz Chromophobia is a brilliant book deceptively brief, it took me much longer to get through than I would have thought because I had to stop and pull apart mentally chew almost every paragraph While I am neither an art historian nor a semiologist, this book took me into these fields and helped me to think about the myriad of ways in which western tradition expresses fear of the other I love this work.
This is how my reading experience went with Chromophobia Chapter One Crap I hated this book Chapter Two ok blablablabChapter Three AH HA because of this chapter I now hate ch 1 lessChapter Four And now I hate ch 2 lessChapter Five pretty good stuffThis book read backwards to me 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 But as the book went on, I felt I understood it and , by reading further I understood previous chapters better It was an odd read, and one I did for a class But, I had never actually thought about COLOR in such a way before, or that it had such a significant background other than being paint, or decorative Interesting the way color is explained by a phobia or phillia, between a fall from grace or a fall into so
But if you re looking for intellectual rigor, search out this book s Ur text Jacqueline Lichtenstein s The Eloquence of Color Rhetoric and Painting in the French Classical Age Unfortunately the book is hard to find, but it s worth it.
the author may have a phobia of white Hahhahhhaa, just kidding A very intriguing book which I would recommend Tapered a bit towards the end, but strong arguments and analysis on culture s use of colour I loved all the literary sections Moby Dick,Conrad, Oz Really very marvellous A Fear Of Corruption Or Contamination Through Colour Has Lurked Within Western Culture Since Ancient Times This Is Apparent In The Many Attempts To Purge Colour From Art, Literature And Architecture, Either By Making It The Property Of Some Foreign Body The Oriental, The Feminine, The Infantile The Vulgar Or The Pathological Or By Relegating It To The Realm Of The Superficial, The Inessential Or The Cosmetic, Which In Many Cases Amounts To The Same Thing In Chromophobia, David Batchelor Analyzes The History [David Batchelor] ✓ Chromophobia (FOCI) [usability PDF] Ebook Epub Download Á Of, And Motivations Behind, Chromophobia, From Its Beginnings Through Examples Of Nineteenth Century Literature, Twentieth Century Architecture And Film, To Pop Art, Minimalism And The Art And Architecture Of The Present Day Batchelor Suggests How Colour Fits, Or Fails To Fit, Into The Cultural Imagination Of The West, Exploring Such Diverse Themes As Melville S Great White Whale, Le Corbusier S Journey To The East, Huxley S Experiments With Mescaline Dorothy S Travels In The Land Of Oz And The Implication Of Modern Artists Experiments With Industrial Paints And Materials A must for all artists and those interested in seeing what s happening in culture and political regime right in front of their eyes.