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I Send You This Cadmium Red

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A book of correspondence between two highly talented friends*writer/critic/artist John Berger and filmmaker/artist John Christie*I Send You This Cadmium Red began in concept in February 1997, when Christie mused to Berger: 'What could our next project be?' Berger replied: 'Just send a color' Soon after, a painted square of cadmium red crossed the English Channel, from ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 2nd 2000 by Actar
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Jan 15, 2018 added it
When artist John Christie asked his friend and acclaimed writer/critic/artist John Berger what their next project together should be, Berger simply said: Send me a colour. Christie explains how at first he said good, I'll do that, then said goodbye, and wondered wait... what does that even mean? Eventually, he sends Berger paint over paper and a letter beginning with the words "I send you this cadmium red." What follows is a correspondence between the two, an exchange of letters, colours, ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mixed feelings. The artists/writers had in mind from near the beginning, I think, that this would become an exhibit and/or book, so the spontaneity one would expect from this kind of endeavor seems overthought if not overwrought at times. But the materials they created and especially the quotes from so many interesting sources are well worth your time. There is an excellent bibliography in the back, listing the works they drew on for inspiration and quotes. In particular the quotes from Beuys ...more
Eloise Mcallister
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I listened to this as an audiobook which had music alongside the words. Even though it was composed for this, to me it seemed really unnecessary and jarring, and tbh detracted from the words which I was really excited for. Still giving four stars but tbh the music is like minus one star
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Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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This is a book for someone interested in the art of letter writing, collaboration, writing, painting/drawing...and simply being in the world and seeing.

This book is too big to carry in your pocket--not just because of its physical size, but due to its conceptual weight and the attention it pulls away from what you're supposed to be doing. If a book can be a friend (and I think it can be) this is one of those you want to have with you, talk and listen to because it helps you see what is in front
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A breathtaking book of correspondence between two men who were friends, and also artist/writer/ photographer/film makers. The letters back and forth were an ongoing and years-long discussion of color. Yes, color. This may not be a book for everyone, but people who enjoy the creative process and are intrigued by questions such as "What shape is yellow?" and statements like "Color is troubled light" will love it. The book includes beautiful reproductions of some the small art pieces they ...more
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A book as a work of art. I waited a long time to get this now out-of-print book, a visual and written record of a correspondence between John Berger and his friend, artist John Christie, on the topic of color. If I could only have one book for the rest of eternity, this would be on my short list.
Brooke Christensen
Oct 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any artist or lover of art and beauty
gorgeous book.. it's an artist correspondence between two artists... and it starts with the author sending his friend a swatch of the color red. it's gorgeous, nice paper, a perfect size book! i love it, i love anything by john berger!!!
Ms. Phinnia
Oct 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: poets, artists
It's a different way of looking at color, and a correspondence between two men (two friends/artists). Hard to explain beyond that - it's kind of a synaesthesia-like approach ... some of the quotes really stick with a person. "Color is troubled light."
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this is a really beautiful book to spend some time with
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i am forever changed.
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John Peter Berger was an English art critic, novelist, painter and author. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to a BBC series, is often used as a college text.

Later he was self exiled to continental Europe, living between the french Alps in summer and the suburbs of Paris in winter. Since then, his production has