“All power to the hardboiled intellect”

Peter Schjeldahl writes about the Color Chart show at MoMA: “Predominant are attitudes of ironic detachment that derive from Marcel Duchamp, whose rebuslike canvas of 1918, “Tu m’,” with its represented commercial color samples, begins the show. Is it outlandish—a reductio ad absurdum of the Duchampian, even—to regard color, the most emotionally affecting of visual phenomena, without emotion? It is. That’s the kick: all power to the hardboiled intellect. The idea’s repertoire of cleverness feels played out now—as well as undermined, even at full tilt, by the irrepressible talents of true colorists. Be they ever so cool, Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol, Dan Flavin, and Blinky Palermo can’t help stirring the heart, through the eye, with hues as cleanly gladdening as French horns in the morning.” Read more.

Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today,” organized by Ann Temkin. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through May 12.
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