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Chroma by Derek Jarman
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Chroma

by Derek Jarman

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A love song to colour and to life from a truly unique individual. Made all the more poignant by Jarmans' (a very visual artist) loss of sight. This work is like Jarman Political, polemical but always poetical.
  athene66 | Sep 2, 2007 |
I defy you not to be moved by these meditations of a great artist going blind. Red pours out of his eyes. Political, whimsical, ornery, sexy and learned. The world is richer for his alchemy. ( )
  deliriumslibrarian | Apr 22, 2006 |
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A poetic, passionate and intensely personal exploration of colour written during the final year of Derek Jarman's life -- with a new introduction by Ali Smith. In Chroma, his most poetic and lyrical book, Derek Jarman explores the uses of colour. Shifting across the spectrum and from the medieval to the modern, he draws on the work of great colour theorists from Pliny to Leonardo. Interwoven with these musings are evocative memories from Jarman's childhood and illustrious career, along with reflections on his deteriorating health. Written a year before Jarman's death, and as his eyesight was failing, this is an intensely personal work; a paean from an artist seeking to memorialise the extraordinary power of colour even while it receded from his own life.… (more)

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