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.
Originally trained as a linguist, Kay Rosen is internationally renowned for her language-based paintings, drawings, and public installations. Borrowing strategies from the world of advertising and design as well as fine art, Rosen’s manipulations and juxtapositions highlight the inherent fluidity of language, creating surprising double and triple entendres. As she explained in a 2010 interview: “When it comes to reading my work, throw out all the rules you ever learned: spelling, spacing, capitalization, margins, linear reading, composition…all your old reading habits will be useless.”
For the AAM Future Home, Rosen created a new work specifically for the covered sidewalk that wrapped around the Spring and Hyman Street sides of the site. Playing on the anagrammatic relationship between the words “PEEK” and “KEEP” (each word spells the other when read backward), Rosen’s installation simultaneously asked passersby to KEEP OUT, as well as to PEEK IN, humorously acknowledging the need for safety while also encouraging curiosity.
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.