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untitled (to Barnett Newman to commemorate his simple problem, red, yellow, and blue)
also demonstrates another intriguing property of light: Green is the most brilliant fluorescent light, and its intensity can be so strong that it almost appears white. In contrast, fluorescent red is subdued. Because no mixture of phosphors can make a true red, the inside of the tube must be tinted, which in turn blocks the amount of emitted light. Thus, while red pigment is bold, red light, such as that seen in monument 4 for those who have been killed in ambush (to P.K. who reminded me about death), 1966, is muted. Here, then, the red suggests violence and bloodshed, yet the overall tone is subdued and elegiac rather than menacing.
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