TARO AS COLOUR. [In Stock and Shipping]

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TARO AS COLOUR. [In Stock and Shipping]
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London: Fulgur Esoterica, 2018. Limited Edition in Elemental Cloth. A FINE CLOTH COPY. Contents include: a scholarly introduction by Dr Amy Hale; a contextual essay by Ithell Colquhoun; seventy-eight enamel taro card designs, reproduced in six colors; and an index of correspondences, citing esoteric names, traditional tarot names, King scale colors and Cabalistic letters. In 1977, a series of 78 strange enamel works were exhibited in a small gallery in Cornwall. The vibrant images were modestly grouped together in five large frames. For the curious viewer, the artist provided a page of explanation, affirming that these ‘psycho-morphological’ studies were, in fact, designs for a Taro. Within a few weeks, the exhibition was gone, vanishing into obscurity. Such was the first and last appearance of Ithell Colquhoun’s revolutionary explorations of the TARO AS COLOUR. The product of a lifetime of esoteric study and art practice, Colquhoun’s bold project seeks to dispense with the figurative narratives of the traditional tarot and re-imagines the forces behind each card as pure color. Drawing from the pioneering work of Molina Mothers and Florence Farr in the 1890s, Colquhoun integrates the esoteric teachings of the Golden Dawn with Surrealist automatic techniques to produce a design for a taro deck that remains unique in Western esotericism. Setting aside the role of the tarot in fortune telling, through the power of pure color, Colquhoun invites us to reach for transcendence. Published here as a book for the first time, TARO AS COLOUR draws upon newly commissioned photography to present Colquhoun’s magical designs in vivid color. Printed using the latest techniques of six-color offset lithography, the original cards are augmented with gold and silver inks and gloss coated to better emulate the original enamels. Colquhoun’s original essay is also accompanied by a scholarly introduction by Amy Hale [see excerpt below], who explores the background, approach and theory behind this extraordinary body of work. 208 pages. (Item ID: FUL-TC)


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