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Helen Frankenthaler, Around the Clock with Red, 1983
(Hunter Museum of American Art).

Walter Benjamin writes:

Colors can have a very strong effect on the smoker. A corner of S’s room was decorated with shawls that hung on the wall. On a chest covered with a lace shawl were a couple of glasses with flowers. In the shawls and in the flowers the color red predominated – in the most diverse shades. I made the discovery of this corner late and quite suddenly, at an already advanced stage of the fête. Its effect on me was almost stupefying. For a moment, it seemed to me that my task was to discover the meaning of the color with the help of this absolutely incomparable instrument. I named this corner the “Laboratoire du Rouge.” My first attempt to work in it did not succeed. But I came back to it later. All I remember of this undertaking at present is that the problematic for me had become displaced. It became more general and extended chiefly to colors. What distinguished them seemed to me to be, above all, that they possessed form, that they made themselves perfectly identical to the matter in which they appeared. Yet insofar as they looked quite alike on very different things – for example, a flower petal or a sheet of paper– they appeared as intermediaries or go-betweens in the realms of matter: only through them could the most widely divergent of these realms be wholly united with one another.

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Four Poems by Maggie Nelson – BOMB Magazine

 

Four Poems Excerpted from sections in the new re-issue of Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press)

Source: Four Poems – BOMB Magazine

Etel Adnan – The Shape of the Mountain Paris Review

for Sabine Miller

Source: Paris Review – The Shape of the Mountain

Imagination is such an ancient ability it might precede language | Aeon Essays

Archer, Republic of South Africa, Korf Hoeks Farm, 8,000-2,000 BCE. Watercolour by Maria Weyersberg,Courtesy Frobenius-Institut Frankfurt am Main

Our imaginative life today has access to the pre-linguistic, ancestral mind: rich in imagery, emotions and associations

Source: Imagination is such an ancient ability it might precede language | Aeon Essays

Glimpse of the Garden – Marie Menken e .. – vengodalmare

Il cielo è, sopra il tetto, Così azzurro, così calmo! Un albero, oltre il tetto, Culla i suoi rami. Paul Verlaine Oh! Che Indovinando l’istante più solo della natura, La mia melodia, tutta e unica,…

Source: Glimpse of the Garden – Marie Menken e .. – vengodalmare

Color Is Meaning – The Easel | Art journalism

 

 

Image: Eggleston Artist Trust

Yellow, red, blue, green; the experiencing of color was not, for Marc, a byproduct of our interactions with our immediate environment. Our experience of color, instead, is what makes the world ‘our own’. It’s what gives a particular place at a particular time it’s special flavor, mood, inflection. Color, in short, is meaning.

Source: The Easel | Art journalism

Della Robbia’s Gloriously Colorful Renaissance Sculptures

 

 

Luca della Robbia, “Virgin and Child in a niche” (1460), glazed terracotta with gilt and painted details, overall: 18 5/8 x 15 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Susan Dwight Bliss)

 

 

Luca della Robbia, “Virgin and Child with Lilies” (1400-82), glazed terracotta, overall: 18 7/8 x 14 9/16 inches (courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Qunicy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton)

The National Gallery of Art explores the radical inventiveness of the della Robbia family, the clay and color masters of the Italian Renaissance.

Source: Della Robbia’s Gloriously Colorful Renaissance Sculptures

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