Nothing but blue skies and black is not the warmest color

by Sid Feddema

A spotlight on Glen Ligon's new exhibition Blue/Black at the Pulitzer Art Foundation

Contemporary art can perhaps be defined by the way it urges people to rethink their notions of language, identity, and perception, but not many artists use color as the departure point for creating this paradigm shift. Blue Black, a curatorial project by Glenn Ligon, opens at the Pulitzer Art Foundation in St. Louis on Friday, June 9. The exhibition will bring together 54 works of modern art by 42 artists ranging from Simone Leigh to Andy Warhol, as well as a few acclaimed works by Ligon himself. The exhibition drew inspiration from Ellsworth Kelly’s “Sculpture for a Large Wall,” an installation that when Ligon saw, he heard Louis Armstrong’s voice singing, “What did I do to be so black and blue?” The exhibition is meant to create conversation about power dynamics and what it means to feel black and blue.

Written by Bri Di Monda