May 28, 2009 - Tate Liverpool - Colour Chart: Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today
May 28, 2009

Colour Chart: Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today

Ellsworth Kelly
Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance II (1951)
© 2009 The Museum of Modern Art/Scala
Florence

Colour Chart:
Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today

29 May – 13 September 2009

Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB, UK
+ 44 (0) 151 702 7400

www.tate.org.uk/liverpool

Colour Chart: Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today looks at the shifting moment in twentieth-century art, when a group of artists began to perceive colour as ‘readymade’ rather than as scientific or expressive. Taking the commercial colour chart as its point of departure, the exhibition emphasises a radical transformation in the post-War Western art that is characterised by the departure from such notions as originality, uniqueness and authenticity.

Colour Chart celebrates a paradox: the beauty that occurs when contemporary artists assign colour decisions to chance, readymade source, or arbitrary system. Midway through the twentieth century, long-held convictions regarding the spiritual truth or scientific validity of particular colours gave way to an excitement about colour as a mass-produced and standardised commercial product.

Colour Chart is the first major exhibition devoted to this pivotal transformation and offers an alternative survey of mid to late twentieth-century art, emphasising the significance of colour as an indicator of shifting conceptions around art, commodity and creativity. It will also explore ideas of systems and structure, and offer a renewed perspective on the existing aesthetic debates on geometric abstraction, colour-field painting and pop art.

The exhibition was curated by Ann Temkin, Chief Curator Department of Painting & Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and includes major works by more than forty artists, including Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, Yves Klein, Richard Serra, John Baldessari, Dan Flavin, David Batchelor, Damien Hirst, Jim Lambie, Angela Bulloch and Cory Arcangel.

Supported by The European Regional Development fund in the Northwest, with additional support from the American Patrons of Tate, courtesy of The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Address Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB, UK
Director Christoph Grunenberg
Curators Ann Temkin, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Christoph Grunenberg and Sook-Kyung Lee at Tate Liverpool.
Opening Hours – Daily 10.00 – 18.50

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