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Dick Pountain and David Robins. Chromophobia. David Batchelor. Global Dimensions. John Rennie Short. Celebrity. Chris Rojek. Activism! Tim Jordan. Animal. 17 Jul The above quote from German author Goethe closes Chromophobia, a book about colour in culture by artist and author David Batchelor. The book Chromophobia, David Batchelor is published by Reaktion Books.

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Jacqueline Lichtenstein’s The Eloquence of Color: I found this post very interesting and was drawn to it because of the garish book cover, which maybe repulsing and painful to the eye but none the less is still very eye catching. David Batchelor Distributed for Reaktion Books pages 6 color plates 5.

Because I saw them as immature? Using the example of “Pleasantville,” Gary Ross’ film in which a gray-scale ’50s sitcom town is adulterated by ’90s lust, youth, and color, Batchelor writes that “chromophobia and chromophilia are both utterly opposed and rather alike I both really like and really dislike this book.

The Invention of Colour.

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

But so is a new and experimental approach to color. You cannot fail to be stimulated by his thoughts”. David Batchelor seeks to go beyond the limits of earlier studies, analysing the motivations behind chromophobia and considering the work of writers and artists who have been prepared to look at colour as a positive value.

Very curious description of drug use with color theory.


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

Catalogues Download PDF catalogues: 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. In one, colour chromophogia 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.

Unfortunately the book is hard to find, but it’s worth it. Lists with This Book.

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Outside the USA, see our international sales information. A whole chapter is devoted to the thorny problem of the semiotic value and contingencies of color.

Why do decorators discard dust jackets and have the library rebound in matching leather? Sep 26, Freya Stewart rated it really liked it. Overall, you really covered Batchelor’s book and his research of the origins of our fear of color quite well. Aug 12, Josselyn Garcia rated it it was amazing.

I think we can all tie some memory of youth and the bright colors that are everywhere growing up advid overly-saturated Saturday morning cartoon or kindergarten class blanketed with primary colors and compare it to the colorless adulthood which we become accustomed to as we grow up.

Batchelor has packed a lot of information on color use in the past years into pages, so every page is a big bite. Generations of cultural producers, art theorists, and philosophers, claims Batchelor, have treated color as an object chromophobai fear and loathing, as an alien invader within the cultural organism.


Degas from the Burrell – Reflections: We might also use data for our own information, this helps us see how we’re doing and how we can do better. May 10, Shane rated it really liked it. Western culture’s disregard of color as immature and primitive have even seeped into other cultures and it is becoming more and more apparent in their contemporary decorating and architecture. I strongly agree that it is a big part of western cultural belief that white is for a sense of purity, especially in clothing.

Your ticket reservations have timed out. Of “sophisticated” parties to be black-tie—or white-tie? Als I liked the range of sources and the way this book made me think about colour. This book is accessible and readable, and full of interesting arguments.

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David Batchelor has spent his career studying color and can present it in a down to earth but solid way. He, too, has fallen, has been infected by color, within and without, has even had his morals corrupted by color; only he has fallen into grace, not chromopohbia it.

Batchelor traces this cultural belief back to the Bible.