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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It was an odd read, and one I did for a class. But they also have another source. 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.

A succinct book of art theory which goes down smoothly i-D Magazine Batchelor has found an irresistible selection of anecdotes and quotes relating to the experience of color Common terms and phrases adorn aesthetic Aldous Huxley appear architecture artificial artists Bakhtin basic colour terms Baudelaire becomes begins Berlin-Kay black and white Blanc blue bright brilliant brown Cezanne Charles Baudelaire chromophobia colour chart colour circle colour theory colourists colourless commercial paints confusing contemporary Corbusier Corbusier’s corruption culture Derek Jarman Donald Judd Dorothy’s dream drugs entirely Esseintes everything eyes fall into colour film flat Flatland flowers G.

Interesting thesis that Western culture is afraid of color. Really races along with great connections made between different art and cultural forms. For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Not going to lie- I had to reread some sections 3 or 4 times in order to fully comprehend I had various moments of epiphany throughout the book, which fueled my desire to keep on reading.

If the idea of our posts, post-Acid House, post-Changing Rooms culture being anti-colour seems a little far-fetched, Batchelor opens the book with an anecdote about attending a party at the minimalist, white home of an art collector.

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I love this work. The inevitable conclusion is that aesthetics, art history, criticism, and the teaching of art in the West are profoundly resistant to color.

Chromophobia David Batchelor Limited preview – Interesting essay on Western culture’s obsession with white and whiteness in art and other aspects of life and our general fear of color. Please try again later. My library Help Advanced Book Booi. Jun 12, Victoria Haf rated it it was amazing.

Its language shapes our metaphors, dis colors our speech, and sways our behaviors. My favourite passage from the book is a quote from William Gass on the relationship between colour names and colours. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.


Color is subversive, hallucinogenic, and vulgar; embracing it is a means of taking a stand against the sterile rationality of line and whiteness, which eliminate all signs of humanity in their rush to transcend it.

Anscombe green grey Hanunoo Henri Michaux hierarchy hues Huxley Huxley’s intense intoxication Judd Kansas kind Klein Kristeva language Le Corbusier least light line and colour London looked make-up Marlow Melville mescaline Mikhail Bakhtin modern monochrome moral nature Newton objects opposite orange oriental Oxford painter perhaps pink Pleasantville precious stones pure rainbow Robert Smithson Roland Barthes screen-printed sense sexual shiny Shock Corridor Smithson spectrum Stella stories Subsequent quotations surface things tinted trans vulgar Warhol’s words yellow Yves Klein.

Review “A thorough and witty cultural history of color. A nice exploration into how colour is treated at the turn of the century, looking at art theory, philosophy and other cultural studies for ideas on why we view colour the way we do.

Other far superior books that I would recommend reading instead of the poorly written, disjointed, and over-reaching Chromophobia: A splendid and enticing essay, as much about phenomenology as art, with respect to colour and not the sort of book I would normally read – artists writing about philosophy tends to irritate me about as much as theologians writing about literature.

That discussions of color as secondary to drawing or design are neither prevelant in chromophobbia industry nor in academia proves how engrained into art theory the secondary status of color is. He opens our eyes to the reality of “bright” color prejudice after all, white is a color. Aug 28, Jonathan rated it really liked it.

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

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The book begins to find its voice again in chromophbia final chapter, positing that the industrialization and commoditization of color seems designed to destroy the otherness that gave color its appeal to would-be subversive chromophiles.

Matthew Affron University of Virginia. In other words, it colors outside the lines it drew for itself in its early chapters–which, though this might cause the structure of the book to unravel somewhat in its later pages, can at least to be said to be making a principled stand.

Batchelor is clearly trying to follow the thread of the idea of color as both Oriental and primitive, but his discussions of multicultural perspectives on color–while offering interesting insights on the relationship between color and language, touching on the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis without naming it–never successfully ties into the thesis of the earlier chapters. Tap for Main Menu. In his examples, he sometimes touches on art historical topics of interest to many chromopyobia his readers.


By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Mar 23, Pat rated it really liked it Shelves: All others should be weary. If its object were a furry animal, it would be protected by international law. This is apparent in the many and varied attempts to purge color, 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 supplementary, the inessential, or the cosmetic.

The author explains early on that we chronophobia color by relegating it to the negative categories of “foreign” and “unimportant” 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.

Why is analytic cubism so drab? Batchelor exhaustively catalogs examples of the treatment of color and whiteness in popular culture, literature, and philosophy as well as art, and he builds solid cases for the association of color with the feminine, exotic, and primitive in the Western imagination. The prose is cumulative and passionate in its effect and widely referential – from Barthes to Melville, Wim Wenders to Huysmans Lists with This Book. Brit Myth Chris Rojek.

Get to Know Us. Chromophobia is perhaps only chromophilia without the colour. In one, colour is regarded as alien and therefore dangerous; in the other, it is perceived merely as a secondary quality of experience, and thus unworthy of serious consideration. Batchelor contextualizes the history of chromophobia–fear of contamination through color–using his exhaustive knowledge of art theory, criticism and pop culture.

This heritage is a contradictory one, Batchelor admits; but he nevertheless finds a pattern within it. Select Bibliography and Filmography. With the stigma against drug use, we understand the consequences of tampering with such things. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Or colour is the corruption of culture.