Monday, March 3, 2008
Now at MOMA- Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today
Color Chart celebrates a paradox: the lush beauty that results when contemporary artists assign color decisions to chance, readymade source, or arbitrary system. Midway through the twentieth century, long-held convictions regarding the spiritual truth or scientific validity of particular colors gave way to an excitement about color as a mass-produced and standardized commercial product. 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, featuring work by some forty artists ranging from Ellsworth Kelly and Gerhard Richter to Sherrie Levine and Damien Hirst.
Color Lab, an interactive space for families created in conjunction with the exhibition Color Chart, is located in the Reading Room on the first floor of the Cullman Education Center. Open for the run of the exhibition, Color Lab offers materials for families to conduct their own exploration of color choice. Children and adults are invited to experiment with giant magnetic boards, play games and activities, or create their own color-choice systems using colored pencils and paper. Free with Museum admission.
All text and image courtesy of MOMA.org.