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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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Why do architecture students, a particolored bunch on matriculation, depart chrompohobia the dark uniform of their profession? This is apparent in the many attempts to purge colour from art, literature and architecture, either by making it the property chromohpobia some “foreign” body – the oriental, the feminine, the infantile the vulgar or the pathological – or by relegating it to t Chromophobia – a fear of corruption or contamination through colour – has lurked within Western culture since ancient times.

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In she co-founded cult interiors blog My Friend’s House with Jill Macnair, as a place to write about design in a more honest, spontaneous and humorous way. Review “A thorough and witty cultural history of color.

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Are You a Chromophobic? This book says our culture fears colour – The Chromologist

I also think there’s an argument that it’s not fear of colour, but the veneration of white that is at work in excluding colour. So when I tell my friends about it, I always predict that it has the potential to be the next “Invisible Dragon”—a small, tight, powerful book that prods people into examining a cultural blind spot, a book that, in the words of Peter Schjeldahl’s cover blurb for that collection of essays on beauty, if “read widely and above all well, word for word If color’s opponents perceive all its attributes rightly, but despise them, a chromophile is left with little room to maneuver.

Chromophobia has been a cultural phenomenon since ancient Greek times; this book is concerned with forms of resistance to it. He is also the author of Minimalism Open Preview See a Problem?

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Jun 12, Victoria Haf rated it it was amazing. He is also the author of Minimalism Jacko Limited preview – Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Paperbackpages.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Chromophobia is intended for enthusiasts of art theory and academics. Interesting thesis that Western culture is afraid of color. In the course of awakening susceptible readers to the full spectrum of visual experience, Batchelor arms them with the skepticism appropriate to discerning whether a purported virtue is simply a self-imposed poverty in disguise.

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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 I also like that it was so bold as to really grapple with the elusiveness of color in a fun and dramatic way.

I liked the range of sources and the way this book made me think about colour.

Chromophobia has been a cultural phenomenon since ancient Greek times; this book is concerned with forms of resistance to it. The argument is anchored by, though not limited to, a consideration of color in the discourse of aesthetics and art history. Chro,ophobia book begins in a “white room” environment, placing the reader into a bare-bones home of a modern collector filled with things but empty of color.

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