Contemporary Art

Minyma Kutjarra (Two Sisters Creation Story) is about the journey of two ancestral sisters. The two sisters, symbolized by small black ‘U’ shapes, reassure each other and celebrate along the way back to their homeland. The red circles indicate sites, camps, ceremonial grounds, and freshwater holes that they pass along the way. A line of small concentric circles down the right side of the canvas suggests a row of desert oak trees in the lush, blooming landscape.

The Language of Symbols in “Ancestral Modern”

The Language of Symbols in “Ancestral Modern” June 14, 2018 by Emily Henderson Back to Blog This summer, the Blanton presents Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection, an exhibition that offers an important portal into the worlds of contemporary indigenous Australian artists and their use of rich visual languages and symbolism to …

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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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Nicola Costantino at sewing machine looking at a dress on a mannequin. Dark lighting creating a high contrast from Costantino's skin.

Women’s History Month 2018: #5WomenArtists

Women’s History Month 2018: #5WomenArtists March 23, 2018 by Lizabel Stella Back to Blog In 1987, Congress proclaimed the month of March as Women’s History Month, providing an official annual opportunity to celebrate the unsung contributions of women.  The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. lead a year-round mission to advocate women artists, providing a …

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