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.
Monthly drop-in Family Workshops at the AAM are designed to provide children and adults free opportunities to explore the galleries and create works of art on their own. Families are encouraged to communicate, reflect, and produce as artists together.
Since the 1960s, Swiss artist John Armleder has been at the forefront of many key developments in postwar art. Often operating at the intersection of pattern, decoration, and kitsch, Armleder’s diverse body of work has consistently challenged the traditional demarcations between high and low art.
The AAM’s exhibition focuses on two of the artist’s iconic painting series: his Pour Paintings and Puddle Paintings. In each series, Armleder utilizes a process-based approach that echoes the work of such modern masters as Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Larry Poons. For his Pour Paintings, Armleder applies different paint colors directly onto the top of his vertically oriented canvases, allowing the poured paint to flow down the surface of the canvas, and producing a succession of diaphanous, gravity-pulled bands of saturated color. For his Puddle Paintings, Armleder pours paint onto canvases laid horizontally on his studio floor, resulting in vibrant, if slightly more frenetic compositions of pooled and spattered paint.
AAM exhibitions are made possible by the Marx Exhibition Fund. General exhibition support is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Visiting Artist Fund. Additional support is provided by the AAM National Council.
Additional underwriting for John Armleder’s exhibition is provided by Sherry and Joseph Felson, and Ali and Lew Sanders.
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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.