Identifies more than 200 touchstone works of art, products, decor, and fashion, and carefully match them with 80 different official PANTONE color palettes to reveal the trends, radical shifts, and resurgences of various hues.
The book is divided into three chapters: commerce (sell, buy), aesthetics (make), and well-being (feel). Illustrated pages are followed by in-depth case studies and interviews regarding the use of color for these three purposes.
Inspired by the work of anthropologist Michael Taussig, among others, Colori investigates the use of color through the presentation of over 400 works by more than 130 artists from around the world, from the late 19th century to today.
In 1856 eighteen-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce color. An experimental mishap produced an odd shade of purple revolutionized fashion, as well as industrial applications of chemistry research.
The story of this controversial color, emphasizing how its meanings changed throughout the centuries and across the globe, in cultures as diverse as France, India, Japan, Mexico, and the United States.
First published in 1814, Werner's Nomenclature of Colours is a taxonomic guide to the colors of the natural world used by artists and scientists for more than two centuries. See a scanned archival copy of the book courtesy of the Linda Hall Library.