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Cataloguing Blue

In 1789, the Swiss physicist, Horace-Bénédict de Saussure developed a scale, known as a cyanometer, for measuring the blueness of the sky.

'Cataloguing Blue' is an exhibition that utilised this 18th Century device to measure the blueness of artworks in the University of Waikato Art Collection to determine their suitability for inclusion.

Naturally, it was a very scientific process, requiring this quaint historical instrument, a longish arm to hold the device, and pure subjectivity on the curator’s part.

After all, there is blue, and then there is blue - and when it comes to describing a particular hue, there are many shades of ambiguity.

Featuring artwork by Sandy Adsett, Jude Broughan, Ida Carey, Karl Chitham, Arthur Dagley, Tom Field, Susan Flight, Jennie De Groot, Jae Hoon Lee, Gudde Moller, Stanley Palmer, PJ Paterson, Meliors Simms, Michael Smither, Amanda Watson (detail of 'Nestled' shown above), Ans Westra & Wayne Youle, and Lynda Wilson.

Curated by Steph Chalmers and Lynda Wilson.

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  • Mon Feb 27 - Fri Apr 28 2017

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Monday to Friday 9am


Calder & Lawson Gallery
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

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Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton, New Zealand
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