For decades, the art world had a tendency to believe that black-and-white images were somehow more powerful – more moving, and more artistic as the lack of color nods to the unrealistic construction of the image. Of course, that notion has long since expired, and color has proliferated picture frames, magazines and Instagram feeds. The use of neon hues is no longer seen as an act of rebellion, even within gallery walls. So what does color mean today, now that it’s no longer a subversive opposition to the norm? Humble Arts Foundation Curator Jon Feinstein attempts to answer these questions in “Radical Color,” an exhibition at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon.
Russell & George. Paper Stone Scissors. Australia. photos © Russell & George