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Detailed view of Ellsworth Kelly's Austin western facade

Five Austin Birds for Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin”

Five Austin Birds for Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” April 26, 2018 by Carlotta Stankiewicz Back to Blog From a young age, artist Ellsworth Kelly was quite the bird lover, watching and learning to identify local species in the woods behind his house in upstate New York. Since Austin‘s opening, Blanton staff have spotted a bird or two alighting on …

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(Re)consider the Slacker: films of the 1990s at the Blanton

There’s a critique of American films of the 1990s that calls out an excessive focus on slacker protagonists: the too-cool-for-school hipsters, always rolling their eyes, coolly mocking authority without actually challenging it, all affect and no action. Think Reality Bites, Slacker, or even The Big Lebowski. As one character in the film Slacker notes disapprovingly …

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5 days, 5 films: Matthew Barney’s The CREMASTER Cycle

In 1995, when The New York Times first reviewed of one of artist Matthew Barney’s CREMASTER Cycle films, his indulgent and elaborate five-part film epic, critic Michael Kimmelman asked, “What’s the idea? Who knows for certain, besides Mr. Barney? Maybe if you squint hard enough, you can read into the film some abstract fertility ritual… …

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