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.
For his first solo museum exhibition in the US, Nick Relph presents his video Thre Stryppis Quhite Upon ane Blak Field (2010), first shown at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The film connects the history of tartan with the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons and the artist Ellsworth Kelly. Relph’s interest in the material and social effects of objects is further explored through a new series of Steinway piano templates.
Clara, I envy you, 2009
Edition of 8
Phil Collins, an English artist and Turner Prize nominee, was commissioned in 2008 by the Aspen Art Museum as part of the Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residency Program. In Soy Mi Madre, Collins expanded on themes of ethnicity, gender, and political and linguistic identity by using the format of the telenovela. In this photographic work, Collins focuses on the Latino and immigrant populations of Colorado. In Aspen itself, this community figures mainly as a nonresident, low-qualified work force. At the same time, he alludes to and refutes the preconceived glamorous image of Aspen.
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