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“All power to the hardboiled intellect”

Peter Schjeldahl writes about the Color Chart show at MoMA: “Predominant are attitudes of ironic detachment that derive from Marcel Duchamp, whose rebuslike canvas of 1918, �Tu m�,� with its represented commercial color samples, begins the show. Is it outlandish�a reductio ad absurdum of the Duchampian, even�to regard color, the most emotionally affecting of visual phenomena, without emotion? It is. That�s the kick: all power to the hardboiled intellect. The idea�s repertoire of cleverness feels played out now�as well as undermined, even at full tilt, by the irrepressible talents of true colorists. Be they ever so cool, Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol, Dan Flavin, and Blinky Palermo can�t help stirring the heart, through the eye, with hues as cleanly gladdening as French horns in the morning.” Read more.

Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today,” organized by Ann Temkin. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through May 12.
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