Blues for Smoke

Blues for Smoke is an interdisciplinary exhibition that explores a wide range of contemporary art through the lens of the blues and blues aesthetics.

Art Exhibition previously on at Whitney Museum of American Art in United States.
From Thursday 07 February 2013 to Sunday 28 April 2013

Gum bichromate print image Portrait of a Young Musician image Pittsburgh Memory image Souvenir IV image Late Night Reflections image Light and Shadow image La Vida image Black Table Setting image Chasing the Blue Train image No Room image Write When You Can image

Published by anonymous on Wednesday 08 May 2013.
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Turning to the blues not simply as a musical category but as a field of artistic sensibilities and cultural idioms, the exhibition features works by over forty artists from the 1950s to the present, as well as materials culled from music and popular entertainment.

The exhibition’s title is drawn from a 1960 solo album by virtuoso jazz pianist Jaki Byard in which improvisation on blues form becomes a basis for avant-garde exploration. The title suggests that the expanded poetics of the blues is pervasive—but also diffuse and difficult to pin down. By presenting an uncommon heterogeneity of subject matter, art historical contexts, formal and conceptual inclinations, genres and disciplines, Blues for Smoke holds artists and art worlds together that are often kept apart, within and across lines of race, generation, and canon.