Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today is opening March 2 at the MOMA. More images can be found here and here.
Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today celebrates a paradox: the lush beauty that results when contemporary artists assign color decisions to chance, readymade source, or arbitrary system. Midway through the 20th century, long-held convictions regarding the spiritual truth or scientific validity of particular colors gave way to an excitement about color as a commercial product, mass-produced and standardized. The Romantic quest for personal expression instead became Andy Warhol’s “I want to be a machine;” the artistry of mixing pigments was eclipsed by Frank Stella’s “Straight out of the can; it can’t get better than that.” Color Chart is the first major exhibition devoted to this pivotal transformation, and will feature work by 44 artists ranging from Ellsworth Kelly and Gerhard Richter to Sherrie Levine and Damien Hirst. Organized by Ann Temkin, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Wow, flashback: In college we were assigned a group project called COLORGY. It was to design an exhibit on color! I was in the RED group. I can tell you everything about RED. Facts, figures, and visuals of RED were coming out of my ears. It turned out amazing & then became an exhibit at the MOST Museum! We were all very proud.