Emerald green is Pantone's color of the year but deep blues seem to be everywhere too: on the runways, in stores, on the cover of Anthro's February catalog, in Annie Butrus's latest, and in museums.
Touring the High's new show yesterday, I was struck by how the exhibition's design incorporates that electric blue associated with Frida Kahlo's houses (the exterior of her childhood home was cobalt, and blue also distinguished her wing of the modernist Juan O'Gorman-designed dwelling she shared with Diego Rivera). In her journals, Kahlo linked cobalt with energy and love.
[Gesine Hackenberg's Delft Blue ‘Plooischotel’ Necklace, 2012. Wall plate of Delfts Blue earthenware by De Porceleyne Fles. Nylon thread. Courtesy Seinna Gallery. © Gésine Hackenberg.]
Something about cobalt pigment paired with clean white has even more universal appeal. From Latin America to Europe to Asia, the combination has been the obsession of artists and designers for a thousand years. Rodarte and Robert Dawson are among the latest to explore the pairing, and the MFA Boston will highlight their work in a soon-to-open exhibition, New Blue and White.
[Detail: Ming dress by Rodarte, 2011. Collection of MFA Boston.]
Although I already mentioned the show as part of last year's "things to look forward to in 2013," expanded coverage is now up on the museum's site including a video with curator Emily Zilber. The exhibition opens February 20 and will run through July 14.