Figuring ColorKathy Butterly, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roy McMakin, Sue Williams

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Figuring ColorKathy Butterly, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roy McMakin, Sue Williams

Text(s) by Jenelle Porter, Jeremy Sigler, contributions by Charles Bernstein, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Jen Bervin, Lee Ann Brown, Miles Champion, Mónica de la Torre, Marcella Durand, Craig Dworkin, Alan Gilbert, Lisa Jarnot, Vincent Katz, Damon Krukowski, Tan Lin, Dan Machlin, Anna Moschovakis, Eileen Myles, Frances Richard, Cole Swensen, Matvei Yankelevich, John Yau, John Ashbery, Robert Kelly, graphic design by Brian Roettinger, ed. Jeremy Sigler, Jenelle Porter, foreword by Jill Medvedow


2012. 136 pp., 61 ills.


16.90 x 24.30 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3330-4

Color as a means of expressing the human body and human emotions

Color is a daily experience, from the colors we wear, to the cars we drive, to the food we eat, to the flags we fly. We use colors to describe our emotions: we feel green with envy, red with anger, or on a sad day, blue. This publication examines the work of four artists who employ color and form to represent a metaphorical body: In Roy McMakin’s wood sculpture a chair is at once a body and an implication of an absent body. Kathy Butterly’s evocative use of glaze transforms her ceramic sculptures into miniature bodies. In Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s sculptures, piles of wrapped candy and plastic-bead curtains are experienced through a literal touch, privileging a sensory experience. Sue Williams’ riotously colorful paintings explore an abstracted body represented entirely through color. The publication combines images by the four artists with poems by twenty-two contemporary poets who further explore color through rhythm, meter and rhyme.

Exhibition schedule: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, February 17–May 20, 2012

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