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An innovative new show boldly taps the many meanings of the world’s most popular color: Blue. Bringing together masterworks of art by Pablo Picasso, Francoise Gilot, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Yves Klein, Arman, Paul Klee (a painting once owned by Ernest Hemingway), Odilon Redon, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler and many others, including several of the most important artists of our time, this rhapsody in blue pursues its theme through a wide range of media, from sculpture, paintings and watercolors through photographs, cyanotypes, ceramics (including Moroccan tiles, Chinese Ming vases, Turkish vessels and Japanese claire de lune porcelain), textiles and even a United Nations helmet. An important theme of the exhibition is the global and historical span of blue’s cultural meanings, from ancient Egypt and China to medieval Europe. Highly valued source materials, such as lapis lazuli and cobalt, have been vital trade commodities that passed along the Silk Road in both directions (a suite of monochrome prints by Hokusai responds to the introduction of Prussian blue to Japan in 1831).

Nassau County Museum of Art
  • One Museum Drive
  • Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576