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.
ArtCrush is Aspen’s premier summer event benefiting the Aspen Art Museum. This year’s event features the 2018 Aspen Award for Art presentation, a remarkable wine tasting, seated dinner, and both a Live and Silent Auction of major works of contemporary art.
In this activity, students create works of art using the five senses as inspiration.
Mixed media, writing, drawing, sculpture
Materials Paper, pencil, colored pencils, markers or crayons, clay, banana
Assignment 1: Listening/hearing
Turn off your TV.
Turn off your computer.
Turn off your phone.
Or stay inside.
(If you have a dog watch how they listen.)
Listen for 10 minutes.
Write down what you hear.
Assignment 2: Seeing/imagining
Look at the sky until you see a bird, and until you see an airplane, in no particular order.
Draw a bird and a plane.
Draw a bird far away.
Draw a bird close-up.
Draw a plane far away.
Draw a plane close-up.
Draw a plane bird.
Draw a bird plane.
Draw a bird brain.
Draw a plane brain.
Assignment 3: Smell
Go into the woods or a park … take many deep breaths.
Pick up a small stick or pinecone and take it home.
With a pencil draw whatever you brought back as accurately as possible.
Think about how the trees smelled while you draw.
What color would match that smell?
Assignment 4: Touch
Get some clay.
Play around with the clay for a while.
Make some simple geometric shapes … squares, triangles, etc… .
When you feel comfortable with the clay make little portraits of your family … including yourself … or anything that you love.
When done keep in a safe place.
Assignment 5: Taste
Eat a banana … eat two if possible.
Find out where the banana came from.
Learn everything about the country where the banana came from.
Why are there so many bananas in America?
Think about this … and why are bananas good for us.
Can you really slip on a banana?
Draw a cartoon of someone slipping on a banana.
Draw someone picking a banana.
Write at least two sentences describing the taste of a banana.
About the artist
Born in 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan
Currently lives in Poughkeepsie, New York
Known for her sculptures made of found objects and materials, and more recently for her large-scale over-painted and collaged photographs, Huma Bhabha received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Columbia University, New York. In 2011–12, Bhabha was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum; her work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial; and in 2010 she also participated in Statuesque, an exhibition of sculpture at City Hall Park in New York organized by the Public Art Fund. In 2008 she participated in the 7th Gwangju Biennale in Korea and received the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Emerging Artist Award. Bhabha’s work been represented in group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Arena Mexico Arte Contemporaneo in Guadalajara, Mexico; MOMA PS1 and the New Museum in New York; the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas; and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–6 PM
General operating support is provided by Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.