Exhibition

Red

September 20, 2013 - January 6, 2014
Teaching Gallery

If one says "Red" (the name of a color)
and there are 50 people listening,
it can be expected that there will be 50 reds in their minds.
And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different.

     —Josef Albers, Interaction of Color, 1963

This Teaching Gallery exhibition explores the use of the color red in a variety of media, including painting, prints, books, and design objects from the eighteenth century to today. In particular, the exhibition focuses on how red in these works mediates our relation to space, time, and both real and imagined places. Combining artworks with quotes from various artists that reflect on the color red, the exhibition examines the links among politics, ideology, and community, and deeply subjective experiences such as memory, fantasy, and the workings of the subconscious. From prints by pop artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, to paintings by Fernand Léger and Gene Davis, to the bright red cover of Mao Zedong's book Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung and Ettore Sottsass's Valentine Portable Typewriter, the exhibition brings artworks of various historical and geographic backgrounds and aesthetic traditions into dialogue with each other through their shared use of red.

Red is curated by Stephen Leet, professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School, in conjunction with the course "Architecture and Film."

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Image credits

Roy Lichtenstein, Untitled, from the portfolio The New York Collection for Stockholm, 1973. Color screen print, 12 x 9 1/4". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Gift of Arthur and Sheila Prensky, 2004.

Gene Davis, Equinox, 1965. Acrylic on canvas, 82 1/2 x 92 1/8". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Bixby Fund, 1969. © 2013 Estate of Gene Davis / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Fernand Léger, Les belles cyclistes (The Women Cyclists), 1944. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Gift of Charles H. Yalem, 1963. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Claes Oldenburg, Striding Figure, 1971. Screenprint, 28 1/2 x 20 3/4". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Gift of Arthur and Sheila Prensky, 1984.

George Romney, Portrait of the Honorable Francis North, 4th Earl of Guilford, 1780. Oil on canvas, 50 1/2 x 40 3/8". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Parsons Fund, 1916.

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