Mikhail Karasik - Colour is Optics

Mikhail Karasik - Color is Optics

Mikhail Karasik Colour is Optics

02/06/2015 - 09/10/2015
Opening: 31/05/2015 15:00
Curator: Willem Jan Renders (Project Leader)

library exhibition


The opening of the exhibition is on Sunday 31 May at 3 pm, in the presence of the artist. 

“In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is – as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art. In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually.”  Josef Albers, Interaction of Color.

The Russian artist Mikhail Karasik (born 1953) specialises in graphics, in particular, art books of lithographs. A series of graphic works was used as the starting point for this library exhibition, which he made in response to a manual on colour theory by Mikhail Matyushin, Spravotsjnik po tsvetoe (Reference on Color), which was published in 1932. These lithographs were supplemented with other manuals about colour by Josef Albers, Paul Schuitema and Jasper Johns, amongst others. In this way the exhibition provides a summary of the theme of colour in the twentieth-century history of art.

All the works come from the LS collection and the library collection of the Van Abbemuseum.

An English catalogue has been published for the exhibition with contributions by Irina Karasik (Russian Museum), Jared Ash (Metropolitan Museum Library), Margareta Tilberg (Matyushin specialist) and Albert Lemmens and Serge Stommels (curators of the LS collection). The catalogue is also available in our museumshop and can be bought via our webshop by clicking here.

The museum library is open from Tuesday till Friday from 11.00 to 17.00. The library is closed in the weekends and in the entire month of August. The exhibition will also not be open for visitors. Please take this in consideration before planning your visit.