Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis
Blue Black features paintings by Kerry James Marshall and Chris Ofili
June 9 - October 7
Kerry James Marshall's Untitled (policeman) (2015) and Blue Bathers (2014) by Chris Ofili are included in Blue Black at Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Curated by the American artist Glenn Ligon and inspired by Ellsworth Kelly's sculpture Blue Black (2000) which is permanently installed at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the exhibition explores questions about language, identity, and perception through the lens of these two colors.
Ligon explains in The New York Times, "there’s Kerry James Marshall’s policeman in uniform, where blackness as a racial identity and blackness as a color are conjoined. . . That's where the show started. . . In his Blue Bathers. . . Ofili's describing this kind of equatorial light, how in Trinidad even in the darkness there's a luminosity. [That he was] able to capture that in the painting, I thought, was amazing."
Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (policeman), 2015. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art, New York.