The works of art in Infinite Blue feature blue in all its variety—a fascinating strand of visual poetry running from ancient times to the present day. In cultures dating back thousands of years, blue—the color of the skies—has often been associated with the spiritual but also signifies power, status, and beauty. The spiritual and material aspects of blue combine to tell us stories about global history, cultural values, technological innovation, and international commerce.
This cross-departmental survey includes objects from our holdings of Asian, African, Egyptian, American, Native American, and European art, among them paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, the decorative arts, illuminated manuscripts, printed books, and contemporary art. It will expand as subsequent chapters unfold, eventually almost filling our first floor. —Brooklyn Museum
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Joseph Stella: The Virgin (1926); oil on canvas, 39 11/16 x 38 3/4 in. (100.8 x 98.4 cm); courtesy Brooklyn Museum.
Wine Jar with Fish and Aquatic Plants; China, Yuan dynasty, 14th century; porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration, height: 1115/16 in. (30.3 cm); diameter: 133/4 in. (34.9 cm); photo: Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum.
Statuette of Aphrodite Anadyomene (possibly from Thebtynis, Egypt); Ptolemaic Period, late 2nd century B.C.E. Faience, height: 143/16 in. (36 cm); diameter: 41/4 in. (10.8 cm); courtesy of Brooklyn Museum.
Walter Dorwin Teague: Sparton Table Radio, circa 1936; glass, metal, wood, rubber, 83/4 x 171/2 x 83/8 in. (22.2 x 44.5 x 21.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum.
Fukami Sueharu: Infinity II (Shinso), 1994; porcelain with blue-green (seihakuji) glaze, 11 x 475/8 x 91/2 in. (27.9 x 121 x 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum.
Byron Kim: Sunday Painting (2007); acrylic and gouache on canvas, mounted on panel, 14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum; courtesy of artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/SHANGHAI.
Lee Ufan: Untitled (1973); watercolor on wove paper, 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm); photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum.
Zanobi Strozzi: Virgin and Child with Four Angels and the Redeemer, circa 1450; tempera and tooled gold on panel, 31 x 201/4 in. (78.7 x 51.4 cm); frame (original): 591/4 x 361/2 in. (150.5 x 92.7 cm); photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum.
Kuba artist; Bwoom Mask, late 19th or early 20th century. West Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo; wood, copper alloy, plant fiber, skin, cowrie shells, seedpods, glass beads, textile, pigments, 133/4 x 81/4 x 12 in. (35 x 21 x 30.5 cm); courtesy of Brooklyn Museum.
Cover: Joseph Kosuth: 297 (On Color Blue) (1993); neon tubing, transformer, and electrical wires, 30 x 162 in. (76.2 x 411.48 cm); photo: Brooklyn Museum.