Kress Gallery gets artists to reimagine Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’

Artists here aren’t suffering from the blues; they’re just looking at the world through blue-colored glasses.

“I asked them to stay true to Picasso’s Blue Period, but present it in their unique styles,” says Christopher Turner, former director of the Kress Gallery, where the “Blue Period Exhibition” runs through Friday.

Turner also curated the exhibit, which features works by 24 professional, emerging and beginning artists.

“I wanted to put this show together to feature different artists at different levels,” Turner says.

Picasso worked in what has become known as his Blue Period between 1900 and 1904, when he produced essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, occasionally warmed by other colors.

Keeping within that spirit is Jacob Zumo’s depiction of the young neo-expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, Taufeeq Muhammad’s mixed media “Guitar Manifesto III” and Jerome Ford’s lady in blue “Speak Love.”

Juliet Lockwood experiments with shades of blue in her abstract “Diptich,” and Carrie Brantley’s “Crab on the Run” oil painting just naturally fits the theme.