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On Color av David Kastan
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On Color (utgåvan 2019)

av David Kastan (Författare)

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Ranging from Homer to Picasso, and from the Iranian Revolution to The Wizard of Oz, this spirited and radiant book awakens us anew to the role of color in our lives Our lives are saturated by color. We live in a world of vivid colors, and color marks our psychological and social existence. But for all color's inescapability, we don't know much about it. Now authors David Scott Kastan and Stephen Farthing offer a fresh and imaginative exploration of one of the most intriguing and least understood aspects of everyday experience. Kastan and Farthing, a scholar and a painter, respectively, investigate color from numerous perspectives: literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, philosophical, art historical, political, and scientific. In ten lively and wide-ranging chapters, each devoted to a different color, they examine the various ways colors have shaped and continue to shape our social and moral imaginations. Each individual color becomes the focal point for a consideration of one of the extraordinary ways in which color appears and matters in our lives. Beautifully produced in full color, this book is a remarkably smart, entertaining, and fascinating guide to this elusive topic.… (mer)
Medlem:msemmag
Titel:On Color
Författare:David Kastan (Författare)
Info:Yale University Press (2019), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages
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Taggar:non-fiction

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The best thing about this book might be the cover, which is beautiful. David Scott Kastan is clearly a guy who likes to hear himself talk; it is unclear exactly what "with Stephen Farthing" means... presumably as "an artist" he brought some technical expertise in colors and painting. Is it fair to downgrade a book because it didn't give me what I was hoping for, instead of judging it for how well it does what the author(s) intended to do? (The eternal reviewer's dilemma.) According to the jacket blurb, the book "investigate[s] color from numerous perspectives: literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, philosophical, art historical, political, and scientific." That's an awful lot for a book clocking in at just over 200 small-format pages, and definitely too much to deliver more than a pretty superficial skim of the subjects. Arranged in chapters each devoted to a particular color, they can be read (the author assures us) in any order. Which means there is no arc, no building, no synthesis, and a fair amount of repetition (including rather too much about artist Yves Klein and his famous blue, who I'm thinking must be a particular favorite of Farthing's?). The chapter on green spends a lot of words on how red and blue became codes for political leanings... so, all right, maybe the intent is to hang each chapter on a conceptual hook, rather than focusing on the actual color? Well, not really. Kastan is good at library (or internet) research, and cheerfully marshals lots of anecdotes and examples - many of which are interesting - in a chatty tone that too often veers into cute, punny, smart-aleck asides. The best chapter is the one on the color (or non-color) white, as he chooses to weave Moby Dick well into it, and as a literary scholar, this is what he's best at. Overall, though, the book reads more like a conglomeration of Wikipedia content processed with his own random ruminations and commentary. And yes, "The Dress" is mentioned (with photos) - but with very little serious examination or explication. Disappointing. ( )
  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
Although I wasn't looking for a hard read this collection of essays also felt rather slight in the end. I supposed that I was looking for more color theory to go along with the psychology of color. ( )
  Shrike58 | Oct 15, 2020 |
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Ranging from Homer to Picasso, and from the Iranian Revolution to The Wizard of Oz, this spirited and radiant book awakens us anew to the role of color in our lives Our lives are saturated by color. We live in a world of vivid colors, and color marks our psychological and social existence. But for all color's inescapability, we don't know much about it. Now authors David Scott Kastan and Stephen Farthing offer a fresh and imaginative exploration of one of the most intriguing and least understood aspects of everyday experience. Kastan and Farthing, a scholar and a painter, respectively, investigate color from numerous perspectives: literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, philosophical, art historical, political, and scientific. In ten lively and wide-ranging chapters, each devoted to a different color, they examine the various ways colors have shaped and continue to shape our social and moral imaginations. Each individual color becomes the focal point for a consideration of one of the extraordinary ways in which color appears and matters in our lives. Beautifully produced in full color, this book is a remarkably smart, entertaining, and fascinating guide to this elusive topic.

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