A sneak peek of Ellsworth Kelly’s monumental “Austin”

    Ellsworth Kelly's "Austin" at the Blanton Museum of Art. All photo courtesy Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

    Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” opens at the Blanton Museum of Art on Feb. 18, and we’ve got a slideshow of images below.

    The late artist’s only free-standing building, the limestone building is named “Austin,” in keeping with Kelly’s tradition of naming some works after they places to which they are connected.

    Kelly gifted the design concept of the building to the Blanton Museum of Art in early 2015. It was his last project before his death in December 2015. The Blanton raised $23 million to construct “Austin” which is now part of the museum’s permanent collection.

    The 2,715-square-foot chapel-like structure is clad in limestone panels, sourced from  Spain. The entry door is made of native Texas live oak, made from a tree that was once at the site of UT’s new Dell Medical School.

    Three of the structure’s façades have stained glass windows in patterns and forms Kelly developed and used throughout his oeuvre: “color grid,” “starburst,” and “tumbling squares.” Inside, there are 14 black and white marble panels and a curving sculpture of salvaged redwood.


    Located adjacent to the Blanton’s two buildings on the University of Texas campus and the structure is sited so that it is on axis with the Texas State Capital.

    For information on visiting “Austin” click here.

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