special call: Ellsworth Kelly’s austin

In conjunction with the Blanton Museum of Art and its permanent installation, Ellsworth Kelly's Austin, we are seeking ekphrastic and/or inspired work operating in direct response to Austin. Below are some featured pieces by artists and writers who have been inspired by Austin and responded to this incredible space.

 
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MAGIC EGG

POEM BY C. SAMUEL REES

When we were young, my brother once told me that a dead girl lived in my closet. I believed it for years, not because I had any logical proof, but because my brother said she existed, so she did.


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SHAPE’S PLACE

POEM BY TIMOTHY DYKE

Visiting Austin to see "Austin" last summer inspired me in so many ways. I am thrilled to share the sestina I wrote after reflecting a bit on the experience. I'm grateful to Bat City Review for publishing the poem.


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FROM AUSTOME LIFE

BY VALYNTINA GRENIER

These two paintings are among the four I made after visiting Ellsworth Kelly's Austin on a cloudy afternoon last May. Kelly's “chapel” left me with an impression of abundance because of the expanse of color at play in the light, shaped by the arches and angles within and without the place.


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KELLY EKPHRASTIC WORKSHOP

BAT CITY REVIEW & FREE MINDS AUSTIN

On Sunday November 6th, Bat City Review partnered with Free Minds Austin for a ekphrastic writing workshop on Ellsworth Kelly's Austin. Michener alum and Free Minds educator Vivé Griffith led a group of 8 Free Minds Students through a short history of the practice of ekphrastic writing. 


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Reflection on austin

BY ALICIA WELLS

“This piece was taken just before the private opening reception for Ellsworth Kelly's Austin. It had just finished raining when I happened on Austin. Because of the angle of the morning sun and the wet pavement; a near perfect mirror reflection of . . .