The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami combines highly refined classical Japanese painting techniques with distinctive Pop sensibilities. Known for his “Superflat” style, directly influenced by manga and anime, the artist creates works that explode with color and playfulness. For the 2015–16 ski season, in collaboration with Aspen Skiing Company, Murakami has produced four unique images, all of which embody his trademark visual aesthetic.
In this edition of “I Don’t Get It,” the AAM is setting up a pop-up appropriation portrait studio in Nate Lowman’s exhibition Before and After. The evening will begin with an alternative curator-tour with the AAM’s Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Heidi Zuckerman. This interactive discussion of Nate Lowman’s exhibition will be followed by an in-gallery art activity that turns a photograph taken of you by the museum into a portrait layered with pop culture references. The result will be a chance to see yourself in a new light and through the eyes of others.
From July 11–15, Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a temporary mandala sand painting on Level 3 of the Aspen Art Museum as part of their annual visit to Aspen. Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, Founder and Spiritual Director of the Drepung Loseling Monastery and Senior Lecturer at Emory University, will present a lecture on the symbolism of the mandala and what to expect during the closing ceremony the following day.
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