abstract art, a systems view

For the millions

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When I was touring the art collection at Warwick University, assistant curator Elizabeth Dooley introduced a wonderful painting by Patrick Heron. I heard her call it “For the Millions”..

…and in this collection, dispersed as it is throughout the university and right there where work is being done, as well as open for public viewing, it may well get seen by ‘the millions’. However, I mis-heard her. The title is Four Vermillions. Four reds near enough in value, tone and hue to be called “vermillion” yet different enough for there to be four very distinct colours.

I recently heard David Batchelor (there is a marvelous piece by him in the same building entitled Against Nature, photo below) say that he does not use the names of colours, as you cannot know what kind of the named colour it is without actually seeing it. He said something like that anyway, unless I mis-heard him.

Thanks Liz, for the tours, they were excellent.

Written by Andy Parkinson

March 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

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  1. I love that period in Heron’s work.


    March 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

  2. Truly spooky Andy, I have added a postscript and a return link to your article.Great minds think alike….

    Molecules of Emotion

    March 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    • Thank you. (Let’s ignore the rest of that saying about fools seldom differing). I thought it was especially coincidental that we chose to discuss Heron and…, even though the “and…” was a different artist for each of us. Thinking of Heron, I was at the Mondrian and Nicholson show the other day and wandering into one of the other Galleries I saw a lovely Patrick Heron painting, Gouache on paper, and behind glass, and a rather dark room, so quite difficult to see, and I had to keep taking my specs on and off, but worth the effort!

      Andy Parkinson

      March 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

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