Book Club: The Secret Lives of Color

April 14, 2020

We pulled the April 14 Saginaw Art Museum Book Club off the calendar this month and then paused and thought, “Whoa! This is 2020! Let’s stick it to that COVID-19 virus and find a way to connect anyway! We can get together virtually” If being under the stay-at-home order has you feeling cooped up and in need of a good read check out The Secret Lives of Colors. You can even get a Kindle edition! We’ll look forward to hearing about your favorite color on our ZOOM meeting. Keep this link and connect over a good book. April 14 4-5pm https://us04web.zoom.us/j/772915253?pwd=L1VrL05EY1drczFvdzRaM0hXSGRqQT09


The Secret Lives of Color

by Karrisa St. Clair

The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes, and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso’s blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history.

In this book, Kassia St. Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colors and where they come from (whether Van Gogh’s chrome yellow sunflowers or punk’s fluorescent pink) into a unique study of human civilization. Across fashion and politics, art and war, the secret lives of color tell the vivid story of our culture.