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.
The Aspen Art Museum invites you to join us for a Fourth of July morning celebration. Featuring a pancake breakfast buffet and a family-friendly art activity, the AAM is the perfect place to start your holiday and you won’t miss a minute of the parade!
Artist Holt Quentel achieved recognition in the late 1980s for her paintings made from distressed tarpaulins stenciled with letters and symbols. At Stux Gallery in New York in 1990, Quentel presented an exhibition of twenty-one modified side chairs, designed by Charles Eames and mass-produced by Herman Miller, embellished by kitschy fabric coverings, Grateful Dead stickers, and other decals. Falling somewhere between the readymade and found object assemblage, Quentel’s sculptures personalized these highly uniform icons of modern design, touching on what she described as “the contradictions inherent in the utopian desire to create a universal commodity” and ironically addressing the social implications of the modernist aesthetic. Shortly after this exhibition, the artist absented herself from the art world.
Despite the mystery surrounding her exile, Quentel and her works have maintained a cult following, existing as a vital, if underground, presence. Now twenty-three years later, the Aspen Art Museum brings these objects back together again for the artist’s first solo museum presentation, reopening this little-known body of work to new discourse and new evaluation.
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