Join Ali Banisadr and Idris Khan to discuss the importance of blue in their practice with art critic and host of The Art Newspaper's podcasts Ben Luke, on the occasion of the online exhibition The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue.
Wednesday 24 February, 6pm GMT
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From the earliest uses of lapis lazuli in Ancient Egypt, through the Renaissance when the semi-precious stone was used to create ultramarine, a colour so venerated it was reserved to represent the Virgin and denote her heavenly robes, to Picasso's Blue Period and Yves Klein's patented IKB, blue has occupied a special place in visual culture.
Portrait of Ali Banisadr, 2021. Photography © James Chororos
Portrait of Idris Khan. Photography © Robert Glowacki
Portrait of Ben Luke. Courtesy Ben Luke