Ellsworth Kelly: Austin
The only building the artist designed, Austin is Kellys most enduring legacy.
In January 2015, the renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly (19232015) gifted to the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, the design concept for his most monumental work. A 2,715-square-foot stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture and 14 black-and-white marble panels, the work is titled Austin, following the artists tradition of naming particular works after the places for which they are destined. The structure is the only building the artist designed, despite Kellys lifelong interest in architecture and architectural form dating back to his earliest window studies made while living in Paris in the 1940s. Envisioned by Kelly as a site for joy and contemplation, Austin is a cornerstone of the Blantons permanent collection and a new icon for the city in which it stands. This comprehensive volume from Radius Books provides a thorough look at the project, from its first inception to its current position as one of the artists most important and enduring works.
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