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5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced, exhilarating read about mundane colour!
If you're looking for a cosy, colourful read in the Changing Rooms genre, then don't buy this book. However, if you want to be stimulated, astounded and intruiged by the humble word colour, then this is the book for you.
The concepts introduced by David Batchelor in Chromophobia forced me to rethink my own attitudes to colour. As a specialist working daily with...
Published on 22 Feb 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Colour as a metaphor for contemporary issues
Batchelor divides colour into four different methodological approaches. Each one expressing different paths of theory, from optimistic to pessimistic, each chapter seeming building up to its "apocolypstic" chapter to one of optimistic colour at the end. He shows that he clearly understands different issues surrounding contemporary theory using colour as a constant...
Published on 15 April 2002


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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced, exhilarating read about mundane colour!, 22 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Chromophobia (FOCI) (Paperback)
If you're looking for a cosy, colourful read in the Changing Rooms genre, then don't buy this book. However, if you want to be stimulated, astounded and intruiged by the humble word colour, then this is the book for you.
The concepts introduced by David Batchelor in Chromophobia forced me to rethink my own attitudes to colour. As a specialist working daily with colour, I was astounded at how pedestrian some of our deeply ingrained preconceptions are. Batchelor compels the reader to plunge straight in to a bizarre, clinical world of white, and from then on you are condemned to finish the book without stopping or letting life get in the way!
Contemporary cultural references from The Wizard of Oz and Moby Dick to Pleasantville and Le Corbusier are pieced together to form a fascinating piece of work and theoretical, philosophical debate. Deceptively small on the outside, the quality and content transforms it into the literary equivalent of Dr. Who's tardis. what more can I say, except - read it!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Colour as a metaphor for contemporary issues, 15 April 2002
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This review is from: Chromophobia (FOCI) (Paperback)
Batchelor divides colour into four different methodological approaches. Each one expressing different paths of theory, from optimistic to pessimistic, each chapter seeming building up to its "apocolypstic" chapter to one of optimistic colour at the end. He shows that he clearly understands different issues surrounding contemporary theory using colour as a constant metaphor for them. Using other critics constantly to back up his own ideas, sometimes he does seem to get a little carried away with his use of words and examples, a criticism being that sometimes you can loose track of the point he is trying to make.
Thus said the examples of film; ie The wizard of oz, literature and artwork: forces you to look at colour theory in very new and different way. Combining language with colour more so than its obvious structure and using its metaphorical values in a very unique way, very didactic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking, 22 Feb 2014
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Amazing, makes you think about colour and colour in modern art. This has moved on my own work and my own choice of colour is much more considered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 19 Nov 2013
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Bought for my daughter at University as she was having problems getting it from the library. Great book for subject.
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