KALEIDOSCOPE: Colour and Sequence in 1960’s Art. http://www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk/exhibition/kaleidoscope
Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 1 April – 18 June 2017
Djanogly Gallery, The University of Nottingham. 15 July – 24 September 2017
Mead Gallery, University of Warwick. 5 October – 9 December
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. 24 February – 3 June 2018
I’ve never liked Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The 1967 album seemed a betrayal of what the Beatles stood for, namely the authentic voice of the North of England, and signalled their transformation into a crypto-postmodernist bunch of dandified dilletanti. (Ringo excepted, obviously) I wasn’t crazy about the cover either, influenced by Peter Blake’s obsession with Victoriana, though the insert poster of the Fab Four in day-glo military uniforms was at least strong on colour.
Colour in the sixties was rationed, and experienced against the background of colourlessness. Now colour has triumphed. It’s everywhere, creating a totalised and vibrant chromatic context of what Goethe called ‘motley’. But in this exhibition, curated by Natalie Rudd and Sam Cornish, colour’s place, though central, is insecure and colourlessness comes back into the reckoning.