Chromophobia (FOCI)

Chromophobia (FOCI)

(0)Review Product
email when in stock
Out of stock


David Batchelor is Senior Tutor in Critical Theory at the Royal College of Art, London. He is also the author of Minimalism (1997).

The central argument of Chromophobia is that a chromophobic impulse - a fear of corruption or contamination through colour - lurks within much Western cultural and intellectual thought. This is apparent in the many and varied attempts to purge colour, either by making it the property of some 'foreign body' - the oriental, the feminine, the infantile, the vulgar, or the pathological - or by relegating it to the realm of the superficial, the supplementary, the inessential, or the cosmetic.

Chromophobia has been a cultural phenomenon since ancient Greek times; this book is concerned with forms of resistance to it. Writers have tended to look no further than the end of the nineteenth century. 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. Exploring a wide range of imagery including Melville's Great White Whale, Huxley's Reflections on Mescaline, and Le Corbusier's Journey to the East, Batchelor also discusses the use of colour in Pop, Minimal, and more recent art.

Product Code 1013099
Author David Batchelor
ISBN 9781861890740
Dimensions 20.7 x 15.1 x 0.8 cm
Format Paperback
GTIN 9781861890740
Pages 128
Published September 2000
Publisher Reaktion Books
UK Standard Delivery
Delivery within 7 days with Royal Mail 24 or within 10 days with Royal Mail 48. More information on delivery
International Delivery
Delivery within 15 days. More information on delivery
UK Express - Signed Delivery
Delivery within 5 days. More information on delivery
We hope that you will love everything you buy from us, however, if you're not completely happy with your order you can return it to us within 14 days of receipt.

Exceptions apply to made-to-order products. More information on Returns & Refunds

email when in stock

You might also like

Customer Reviews

Login to Review
This product hasn't been reviewed yet.
Thank you

Your review has been submitted to customer services for approval.

Thank you

Your rating has been submitted.

Thank You

We will send you an email when this product arrives in stock.