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James Fox: Colours in Context - A Cultural History

James Fox: Colours in Context - A Cultural History

Authors: James Fox

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 19:00-20:00

Venue: Information Centre, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai

Language: English

Session No: 122 

What is colour and what does it mean to you? Do we all see colour the same way, and do we all derive the same meaning from it?  This fascinating exploration by art historian and TV presenter James Fox examines the cultural meanings that humanity, over millennia, has attributed to colour and how these have evolved. From the black nothing which preceded existence to the birth of our red-blooded species and beyond, Fox takes us on a journey that embraces chemistry, psychology, literature, fashion, religion and myth. His illuminating observations allow us to see many of the milestones in the history of art – from Bronze Age gold-work to Turner, Titian to Yves Klein – in a completely new way.

Come and explore the kaleidoscope that has shaped the history and culture of our world, according to colour.

James Fox is a BAFTA-nominated broadcaster and art historian most notable for presenting documentaries on the history of art for BBC Four.  A specialist in 20th-century art, he is Director of Studies in History of Art at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
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