Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Colour Chart: Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today

This exhibition at The Liverpool Tate, marks the departure point at which artists would traditionally associate certain hues with different emotions or symbolic meanings. The works illustrate how artists began to perceive colour as a ready-made substance (e.g. Dulux paint colour charts), rather than as scientific or expressive. Artists went to great lengths to remove their own personal choice in the tones they used, employing their own complicated systems or working with 'found colours'.

The exhibition takes something that we take for granted and think we know about and strips it down. The ideas presented are simple yet complex at the same time. It serves as a good reminder of some of the content of Basic Design. The most interesting exhibits where the displays of swatch books and sketchbooks dedicated to the subject that I wanted to turn the pages of.

The exhibition runs until the 13th September 2009

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