Ellsworth Kelly

In a career spanning almost seventy years, Ellsworth Kelly redefined abstraction in art, evading critical attempts to classify him as a Color Field, hard-edge, or Minimalist painter. Beginning in the late 1940s, he established himself through his drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints as one of the most important artists of his era. His visual vocabulary was drawn from observation of the world around him — shapes and colors found in plants, architecture, shadows — and has been shaped by his interest in the spaces between places and objects, and between his work and its viewers: "In my work I don't want you to look at the surface; I want you to look at the form, the relationships."

Kelly (1923-2015) has been the subject of major exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and his work is in many public collections, including those of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, and Tate Modern, London.

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Gallery Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions
Approaching American Abstraction: The Fisher Collection
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
Opens May 14, 2016
Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1900-1960
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Opens Apr 28, 2017
Artists of Color
The Underground Museum
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 4, 2017 - Apr 1, 2018

Doubles, Dobros, Pliegues, Pares, Twins, Mitades
The Warehouse
Dallas, TX
Jul 10, 2017 - Apr 18, 2018
Elemental Forms
CU Art Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO
Jul 15, 2017 - May, 2018
All or Nothing
Crystal Bridges
Bentonville, AR
Nov 11 - May 28, 2017

Postwar Prints and Multiples: Investigating the Collection
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Feb 2 - Apr 16, 2018
Form into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Austin’
Blanton Museum of Art
Austin, TX
Feb 18 - Apr 29, 2018
Ellsworth Kelly: Black & White Works, Curated by Jack Shear
The FLAG Art Foundation
New York, NY
Feb 23 - May 19, 2018

Black & White: Painting from Dürer to Eliasson
Museum Kunstpalast
Düsseldorf, Germany
Mar 22 - Jul 15, 2018
The Water Lilies: American Abstract Art and the last Monet
Musée de l'Orangerie
Paris, France
Apr 13 - Aug 20, 2018