Arts preview: Color Fields: A Brief History from Mark Rothko to Now

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From the May 23, 2013 edition

Understanding color’s role in art seems like it would be intuitive. Red, passion! Grey, turmoil! Green, serenity! But those are just the basics, dear Watson. And sometimes even those rules aren’t true.

Here to help is a Sherlock of shades, Tyler Cann, the new associate curator of contemporary art at the Columbus Museum of Art. In this free (with admission) talk/tour, Cann will trace how artists of the past 60 years have used color — beyond the basics — to express aesthetic, philosophical and political ideas.

This all sounds intellectually intriguing, sure, but “Color Fields” is also a great chance to meet and talk to Cann, a Ph.D. from Harvard who most recently worked as Ikon Gallery’s curator in Birmingham, U.K. Cann will be influential as the Columbus Museum works to expand its permanent collection of late 20th century and contemporary art.