The Colour Journal – The Blue Issue – The Colour Journal is a luxurious publication that explores color in art and photography. It has been conceived as a collection of six volumes, each devoted to a single color: blue, red, yellow, green, white and black. The first volume, The Blue Issue, brings together some twenty contributions from international art historians, writers, anthropologists, philosophers, critics, artists and photographers, all of whom start with the color blue.
This is not another publication on the meaning of color. It has not been approached in a literal way, but rather as a starting point, a pretext for telling larger stories, a means of revealing the story within the story: we all know Matisse’s Blue Nudes, but who can say the same about Biskra, the forgotten Algerian oasis that inspired him? We may also know the ultramarine pigment that Yves Klein patented, but who has heard of Edouard Adam, a hardware merchant in Montparnasse who discovered his formula?
The Colour Journal intends to fight against the dictatorship of immediacy, to give depth to the pretty images of fashion magazines and Instagram feeds, to dive into familiar moments in art history and discover what’s hidden there, to delve into the libraries of museums and reveal unseen treasures.
To bring this endeavor to life, we traveled from Idaho to Guangxi, from antiquity to the present, to bring you a dialogue between forgotten archives and contemporary photography: follow a denim hunter through the American West, visit one of China’s last cultural minorities, take a look at Helmut Newton’s private collection of Polaroids, and dive into David Hockney’s chlorinated pools.