Message - Re: Why do we love white?

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Posted by  William on October 29, 2002 at 10:22:24:

In Reply to:  Why do we love white? posted by Anita on October 28, 2002 at 05:44:42:

That's a good question. White is an essential link to our neo-classicist past, though not many would admit it. The marble of Athens and Rome, typically idealized in the Renaissance as a "pure" white, has come to represent, through those 15h and 16th century artists, a sophisticated, elegant, secular culture. We like it because many of us are romantics, and narcissists, thoroughly grounded in european culture, just like those Renaissance guys. We like to think of our buildings as temples. Today's secular temple-builders go for white (I think of Wright's Guggenheim) because the classical, monumental works of western architecture are white. What is often overlooked is the fact that modernists usually fall back--self-consciously or not--on neo-classical expectations and conceptions of "important" buildings. The courageous ones don't, and admit it when they do.

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