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.
This monthlong program for kids at the 5–8 grade level is held weekly at the Aspen Art Museum. Taking place on December 2, 9, and 16 from 3:30–5 p.m., these open choice workshops provide the creative room for kids to explore who they are through individual and collaborative projects and art.
Rooting his practice in an avant-garde tradition similar to the Situationists, Robert Montgomery makes work exclusively for the public. Originally co-opting commercial billboards, the artist flipped the platform on its head to trigger our imaginations—away from consumer-oriented society and toward a more earnest, hopeful direction. His poetic interventions are published outside gallery walls on billboards, LED light pieces, woodcuts, watercolors, and publicly burned fire poems—not only within urban cities, but also in majestic landscapes. Informed by history and attentive to the collective consciousness within specific locales, Montgomery’s texts, at times, pose universal and political questions, while at other points are intimate and fulfill his mission to “touch the hearts of strangers.” Without proposing solutions to the difficulties that plague contemporary life, Montgomery offers kindness to those who engage with his work, as if his words were conceived for each individual who stands before them.
For his AAM Roof Deck Sculpture Garden exhibition, Montgomery will re-create his LED sculpture SEAROCK SONGLINES (2015), offering a lyrical moment of reflection and poignant accent to visitors’ views of Aspen Mountain.
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.