Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin

This past February, the Blanton announced that it had acquired and will construct Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin, a 73 x 60 foot stone building to be sited on the grounds of the museum. The stand-alone structure, singular to Kelly’s career, comprises a 2,715-square-foot stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black-and-white stone panels in marble, all designed by the artist. Once constructed, the work will become part of the Blanton’s permanent collection.

Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art

July 9 – October 15, 2017

Comprising 91 Indian paintings from the renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at the San Diego Museum of Art, this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue will introduce audiences to beloved characters such as Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Krishna, and the great Persian hero Rostam—as well as an assortment of powerful demons and deadly beasts. Audiences will also learn the basic tools for reading and understanding Indian paintings. The paintings will be organized by text: Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Ragamala, and Persian-language works such as the Book of Kings, Shahnama. While most of these “miniature” paintings depict scenes of epic adventure, images related to the Ragamala convey the emotions carried through music, as told through the stories of lovers. This exhibition is organized by the San Diego Museum of Art.