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.
Join Joanna McClure for an evening of poetry reading and reflections on the work of Jay DeFeo. McClure arrived in San Francisco in 1951 and was a significant creative figure in the Beat poetry scene. Presenting within DeFeo’s exhibition The Ripple Effect, McClure will provide selections of her writings and memories of her late friend.
American artist Margaret Kilgallen (1967–2001) died at the young age of thirty-three, just as her work was gaining recognition and prominence. She is known primarily for her association with the Bay Area Mission School—a loosely associated group of artists from the early 1990s—and for her inclusion in the exhibition Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture (2004–6). The AAM’s presentation will be Kilgallen’s first posthumous museum exhibition, and the largest presentation of her work to date since her 2005 show, In the Sweet Bye & Bye, at REDCAT, Los Angeles.
Using her exhibition history as a chronological tool to guide viewers through the space, that’s where the beauty is., will examine Kilgallen’s roots in the longstanding histories of printmaking, American and Non-Western folk history and folklore, and feminist strategies of representation. Kilgallen’s aesthetic reminds us that it is not only within readily accessible narratives or the commercial mainstream where we can find inspiration and empowerment. Rather, she also celebrates the handmade, making heroes and heroines of those who live and work in the margins and challenging traditional gender roles and hierarchies. Her work advocates for a quality of time and emphasizes the impact that can come from hard work and individual expression.
Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, that’s where the beauty is., revisits the ongoing legacy and idiosyncratic spirit of one of California’s innovative artists.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–6 PM
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