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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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
The Long Run
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Nov 11, 2017 - Nov 4, 2018

All or Nothing
Crystal Bridges
Bentonville, AR
Nov 11, 2017 - May 28, 2018
Black & White: Painting from Dürer to Eliasson
Museum Kunstpalast
Düsseldorf, Germany
Mar 22 - Jul 15, 2018
Paper/Print: American Hand Papermaking, 1960s to Today
International Print Center New York
New York, NY
Apr 5 - Jun 14, 2018

The Water Lilies: American Abstract Art and the last Monet
Musée de l'Orangerie
Paris, France
Apr 13 - Aug 20, 2018
Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Apr 29 - Jul 22, 2018
Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art
Tate Modern
London, UK
May 2 - Oct 14, 2018

Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Lithographs
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Stockbridge, MA
May 6 - Oct 8, 2018
Far Out: Art from the 1960s
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Madison, WI
May 19 - Sep 2, 2018
Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly
Norton Simon Museum
Pasadena, CA
Jun 1 - Oct 29, 2018

I Still Believe in Miracles – Works from Selvaag Art Collection
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
Oslo, Norway
Jun 6 - Sep 2, 2018
MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne, Australia
Jun 9 - Oct 7, 2018
Ellsworth Kelly in the Hamptons
Guild Hall
East Hampton, NY
Aug 11 - Oct 8, 2018