Form into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin
Blanton Museum of Art at University of Texas
February 18 – April 29, 2018
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce Form into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin, an exhibition that will explore the conceptual origins of Kelly’s last work, a 2,715-square-foot freestanding building named for the city in which it resides.
Curated by Carter E. Foster, the Blanton’s Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, the show coincides with the opening of Austin, a monumental structure with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black-and-white stone panels in marble and granite. The first and only building the artist designed, Austin was gifted as a design and concept to the museum in January 2015. Austin’s title honors the artist’s tradition of naming particular works after the places to which they are connected.
Austin is the culmination of many of Kelly’s lifelong interests in line, form, and color. Form into Spirit is arranged around four main motifs of Kelly’s work throughout his career—Color Grid, Spectrum, Totem, and Black and White—all of which play a key role in Austin.
“Austin not only showcases Kelly’s early appreciation of historical European art and architecture,” Foster said. “It also marries this passion with the transformative themes that he would discover over the course of his life.”
Form Into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin at the Blanton Museum of Art will be open February 18 through April 29.[More Information]