The colour white has been associated with purity for millennia in religious iconography, architecture and art. But has it come to represent something darker too?
But that's not going to stop Dr. James Fox from trying!
James is an art historian at the University of Cambridge, a curator, an award-winning broadcaster and the author of bestselling book The World According to Colour. He's joining us in The Garden for a deep dive into the most fascinating questions we could think to ask him about colour.
In this Garden Talk, James explores the history of white as a proxy for purity, touching on art, politics and hygiene and illuminating ideas about prejudice and race.Read this talk's transcript
30 minute talk
20 minute Member Q&A
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In 1988, art curator James Birch, travelled to Moscow to mount the ground-breaking Francis Bacon exhibition. How was Bacon perceived at the time & how did this exhibition change society?