Into the Homestretch. Reading David Batchelor’s Chromophobia. Chromophobia is a hard read. David Batchelor’s book contains a host of intellectual and literary references. You may not be acquainted with the authors/artists he mentions. Take in slow and look up unfamiliar names.
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Reading David Batchelor’sChromophobia
Color and the West
Johann Joachim Winkelmann – NeoClassicism, an art movement inspired by Grecco-Roman Antiquity that reached its height in the 18th and 19th centuries.
“Supposing the painter had only ideas to express, he would perhaps need only drawing and the mono-chrome of chiaro 'scuro for with them he can represent the only figure that thinks, - the human figure, which is the chef d'oeuvre of a designer rather than the work of a colorist. With drawing and chiaro 'scuro he can also put in relief all that depends upon intelligent life, that is life in its relation to other lives, but there are features of organic, of interior and individual life that could not be manifested without color. How for instance without color give, in the expression of a young girl, that shade of trouble or sadness so well expressed by the pallor of the brow, or the emotion of modesty that makes her blush? Here we recognize the power of color, and that its role is to tell us what agitates the heart, while drawing shows us what passes in the mind, a new proof of what we affirmed at the beginning of this work, that drawing is the masculine side of art, color the feminine.”
A case study – El AnatsuiEl Anatsui is a Ghanaian sculptor who has spent most of his life in Nigeria. His works use simple, often recycled objects to create colorful tapestries and sculpture. Here they are on site in Africa.
In a contemporary museum but next to the artist in culturally specific clothing.