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.
Who inspires you? How do you capture identity through art? In this Workshop, we’ll explore the dynamic art of portrait photography by looking at Mickalene Thomas’s powerful images of friends and muses. Students will learn composition and staging techniques, as well as the importance of narrative and storytelling when setting a scene.
The fifth edition of the AAM’s Permanent Collection focuses on meaning and “being”: the space in consciousness between stillness and action. Collectively titled, “it came to feel like any other feeling”—a line taken from contributing artist Paul Chan’s visual essay within—the issue also features written essays by artists Renée Green and Jay Heikes, a screenplay by deceased artist Hélio Oiticica, photographic works by Catherine Opie accompanied with an essay by curator/writer Douglas Fogle, and works by the late artist Paul Thek as seen by art historian George Baker. In addition to a beautifully reproduced correspondence between late artists Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse, Permanent Collection V contains German artist Isa Genzken’s record of fellow artist Bruce Nauman’s Instructions for a mental exercise (1973–74), as well as works by groundbreaking authors J.G. Ballard and David Foster Wallace.
Rounding out the issue is an interview with artist Lynda Benglis conducted by AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman, who, in the issue’s lead-off essay, posits one tenet of why art truly matters: “When we realize that something is not as we thought, the opportunity for transcendence opens up. This possibility—and its always-present counter, impossibility—sanctions the notion that art can…positively change the world.”
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.