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A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring David Hammons, Kara Walker and more

New Aspen Art Museum Opens with David Hammons and Yves Klein Exhibition
One of the most anticipated architectural projects of the year debuted this week. The Aspen Art Museum celebrated its new $45 million building (above) designed by 2014 Pritzker-winning architect Shigeru Ban with a 24-hour event on Aug. 9. Encased in an open-weave wood screen, the 33,000 square foot structure is the Japanese architect’s first permanent museum in North America. The Denver Post reported on the opening, which featured a slate of new exhibitions including “David Hammons Yves Klein/Yves Klein David Hammons.” Pairing works by Hammons, a pioneering conceptual artist based in New York with those of Klein (1928-1962), david hammons AAMthe late French artist the exhibition is on view from Aug. 9 to Nov. 30, 2014. Created early in his practice, Hammons’s Body Print series (example at left) utilizes grease on paper to produce translucent images that resemble x-rays and recalls Klein’s Anthropometries, in which women’s bodies were used as paint brushes. The presentation is described by the museum as looking at two “artists who perform a kind of aesthetic alchemy—investing the humblest of everyday materials with deep aesthetic significance.” The privately funded, non-collecting museum offers free admission.

“The exhibition looks at [David] Hammons and [Yves] Klein as artists who perform a kind of aesthetic alchemy—investing the humblest of everyday materials with deep aesthetic significance.”
— Aspen Art Museum

Kara Walker’s ‘A Subtlety’ Was Documented for Google Art Project
The monumental sugar-coated sphinx that Kara Walker created at the old Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn remains on view, virtually. Commissioned by Creative Time, the temporary public art installation was documented by Google’s Streetview team and is now a part of its Google Art Project. The public arts organization announced on its blog that it participated in the project. The online Google exhibition offers a comprehensive view of the installation, both as it was presented and its backstory. The platform features zoomable photographs of “A Subtlety” including the molasses sculptures of little boys, a 360 degree view of the installation, explanatory text, images of Walker’s sketches and models showing her creative process, and a Creative Time video about how the work was conceived and fabricated that features Walker and the team that helped build and install the sculpture. CT

IMAGE: From top, Rendering of the new Aspen Art Museum building and “Untitled (Women with mop hair and lace shawl)” circa 1975 by David Hammons, both via Aspen Art Museum.