Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Synchromy, Kyoto, 1964, oil on panel
Courtesy Debra Force Fine Art, New York
July 21 – November 4, 2018
Potent even to the point of being considered dangerous, color is the most exciting element of art, the strongest tool in the toolbox. Because it is also a largely uncontrollable force, it remains the most vital source of new art. “Color, above all, is a means of liberation,” Matisse declared.
Nothing in art is more powerful than color. From the shock effect the Fauves and the rainbows of Delaunay and Kandinsky to the seductive radiance of neon, the story of color is a tale of wonder. The full range of color’s magic is on display in this exuberant show of over 100 works from the original master of color, Titian, to this moment’s hottest talents. The roll call of the great colorists in the show is a hit parade of art history’s most exciting names: Kandinsky, Hofmann, Klee, Albers, Rothko, Warhol, Joan Mitchell, Yves Klein, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, David Hockney, Wolf Kahn, Peter Halley, Joseph Kosuth, Juan Usle, Nathan Slate Joseph, Callum Innes, Deborah Kass, Miya Ando, Doug Argue, and Keith Sonnier.