Thursday, 18 April 2013

Regency Colour and Beyond, Yale and Storm Thorgerson

I have just heard the news about the death of Storm Thorgerson at the age of 69, who designed many iconic (and I feel this is an instance where the word is actually appropriate) album covers, including Pink Floyd's for Dark Side Of The Moon (1973). A simple idea brilliantly executed. I particularly liked his stained-glass version of it for the 2003 anniversary edition.

Hats off to Storm, and may he rest in peace.

In other news, details about my display on/of Regency colour and colour theory at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, 15 June to 13 October 2013 have gone live on the Pavilion website. The new What's On (May - August 2013) also gives information on a couple of talks and curator's tours I will be giving. I recently gave a lecture on the subject at the Regency Society of Brighton and Hove's AGM, where guests got a preview of what will be on display:

Regency Colour and Beyond, 1785–1850 

15 June to 13 October 2013
Royal Pavilion  

Admission payable, members free

The Pavilion is enriched with the most magnificent ornaments and the gayest and most splendid colours; yet all is in keeping and well relieved.
J.D. Parry, An Historical and Descriptive Account of the Coast of Sussex, 1833
In Regency times, visitors to George IV’s Royal Pavilion were astonished at the flamboyant colours in the exotic interiors of the palace.  These new temporary displays in the Royal Pavilion explore the interior d├ęcor and Regency understandings of colour.  Revealing the palace’s innovative and radical use of colour during the Regency period, visitors can discover why certain colours were used and how their use here continues to influence us through the ages.

Related events:
Light and colour from the East? 
Thursday 27 June
Royal Pavilion, William IV Room and tour of the displays
1pm Free with Royal Pavilion admission, book in advance
Alexandra Loske, co-curator of Regency Colour, talks about Chinoiserie style and Eastern influences in the Pavilion followed by a short tour of the displays.

Curator’s tours

Wednesday 3 July, repeated Monday 16 September
An introduction to the displays by Alexandra Loske

1-1.30pm Free with Royal Pavilion admission

A hugely enjoyable project to work on. I am currently writing the labels and panel texts for the display (it cannot be called an exhibition because it will not be installed in the main exhibition space), meaning I have to reduce everything I know about Regency colour, colour theory and the Royal Pavilion into a handful of sentences.

Related to the project I will be pontificating about the colour blue in fashion and culture at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton on 9 May.

Just after the installation of the display I shall be jetting to New York (it has been too long since I have been there!) and then to New Haven, where I will be attending the Summer Seminar at the Yale Center for British Art. I applied for one of the 10 free places for it, replaced every single 'colour' in the application with 'color' and was lucky enough to be given a place, with flights and accommodation paid for. I am tremendously excited about it.

Yale Center for British Art 

2013 Summer Seminar

Coloring Color: The history, science and materiality of paint

From June 17–21, 2013, the Center convenes its third Graduate Student Summer Seminar. Titled “Coloring Color: The history, science and materiality of paint,” the seminar, which is organized by the Center’s Conservation Department, will concentrate on the physical materials of color. The seminar will examine color from historic and scientific perspectives, explore its physical definitions and biological responses, and create a familiarity with the language of color as it evolved historically. The aim of the seminar is to equip students with a fundamental understanding of the history and theory of color, and to develop an understanding of the appearance of color in paintings and works on paper.