Friday, February 6, 2015

Texas Museum to Build Ellsworth Kelly's Spiritual Chapel

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Renderings for a chapel-like stone building, first conceived by the artist Ellsworth Kelly in 1986, to be built at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin. Credit 2015 Ellsworth Kelly, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
TEXAS---In 1986, the painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly conceived his first free-standing building for a private collector, but it was never realized. Now, as Mr. Kelly prepares to turn 92 in May, the Blanton Museum of Art will acquire and construct his design for a 2,715-square-foot stone building, which will rise on the museum’s grounds at the University of Texas, Austin. And Mr. Kelly said the building’s 14 black-and-white marble panels were inspired in part by religious themes. The structure also features colored glass windows and a totemic rosewood sculpture as a symbolic altar. [link]

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