What’s the very latest in the bright kaleidoscopic world of color? Let’s reach into the grab bag and find out.
Many of you know I’m a sucker for oddball coloring books. So I just about leapt out of my skin at this 1971 J.C. Penney advertisement, pushing the color-block look:
Another of my (numerous) color weaknesses is an admiration for any artist who brings a fresh spin to a rainbow spectrum. Too often the full rainbow of colors looks just ugly as sin. As a marvelous counterpoint to that, I give you this view of geometric architecture in Munich by the photographer Nick Frank—reminiscent of the dreamily intense colors of another German photographer, the Berlin-based Matthias Heiderich.
Another hero of the punk-rock rainbow is the Dutch artist Edwin Deen. His Rainbow Machine modifies a standard garden sprinkler to turn any tunnel or alley into a fresh, uncannily balanced cave of rainbows.
Another full-spectrum stunner: a monumental work titled Enclosed Content Chatting Away in the Colour Invisibility by another Dutch artist, Anouk Kruithof. In this movable literary feast, the artist installs the books in a different chromatic order at every new location. When her stacking isn’t perfect, the resulting chromatic avalanche is almost more glorious than the static version.
Did you miss PBS’s Off Book video short on “The Effect of Color”? If you did, I’d heartily urge you to cram this into your viewing schedule between Downton Abbey, Girls, and whatever else tickles your eyeballs during the long hibernating months.
Remember the mysterious, candy-red honey that beekeepers in Red Hook, Brooklyn, kept finding in their hives a few years ago? (If not, The New York Times can catch you up on this fascinating story.) We fingered the local maraschino-cherry factory as the guilty reason that time, but now the French are casting les blâmes at the M&Ms factory in Ribeauville, which is coloring the local honey every candy-colored hue from blue and purple to green. The bees have reportedly been feasting at a local biogas plant that processes waste from a Mars factory. (Aren’t you glad we keep you thrillingly up-to-date on this stuff?)
The glorious swings may’ve disappeared from the Park Avenue Armory, but you can still catch MoMA’s latest visual audacity: German artist Wolfgang Laib has painstakingly covered a large atrium with natural pollen from hazelnuts that surround his studio at home. The show opened last week and runs until March 11.
The exhibition’s mind-bendingly rich yellow is the visual shot of summer, a perfect antidote to the dead of winter. Think spring, color fans!
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