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Color Bound: Book Artists Seek Inspiration From Color Theory

Color Bound: Book Artists Seek Inspiration From Color Theory

On view until April 12, 2013 in the special collections exhibit area on the lower level of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. Enter through the Loria Center, 190 York St

Drawn from the Faber Birren Collection of Books on Color this exhibition explores how the discipline of color theory has influenced the makers of contemporary artists' books and livre d'artiste. Book artists have engaged color theory in a rigorous, yet not specifically scientific, manner. How has the work of important color theorists been employed by book artists? How have more ephemeral, but equally important, color resources, such as paint chip catalogs, inspired works of art in the book form? How has research into color preference and visual phenomena been interpreted by artists?

The extensive examples in the exhibition will explore three major trends in this surprisingly fertile sub-category of book art. The first section looks at bookworks that embrace systems of color, particularly by well-known figures in the history of color theory. Many of these works are an homage to the theorist's original work. The second section emphasizes conceptual bookworks. The artists' books in the third section reference color nomenclature or identification. As works of art, all of the bookworks on display defy easy categorization; many of the works have characteristics of more than one category.

For more information on the collection: http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/specialcollections/faberbirren/index.htm

IMAGE: Anne Thompson. Positive Wheel: Outside In 1947. 2007. Yale University Art Gallery, The Mary Jane Taft Fund for Emerging Artists.