New York

“Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
March 2–May 12, 2008

Curated by Ann Temkin

For centuries, if not longer, painters have typically deployed color either as a vehicle for optical pleasure or as a marker of expressive subjectivity (and sometimes both). Marcel Duchamp offered an alternative view by assaulting these traditional retinal and expressive functions in favor of treating color itself as ready-made. A testament to this decidedly unromantic approach, Duchamp’s last painting, Tu m’, 1918, will hold court here, inaugurating a wide-ranging survey of postwar painting that explores the role of color as an index of industrial production rather than of emotion. Featuring more than one hundred works by forty-four artists, each of whom will be the subject of a short essay in the catalogue, “Color Chart” will mix modern masters such as Ellsworth Kelly, Yves Klein, and Blinky Palermo with younger practitioners such as Byron Kim, Liz Deschenes, and Angela Bulloch, and promises to be a feast for the eyes, er, the mind.