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
The Inaugural Installation
The Broad
Los Angeles, CA
Opens Sep 20, 2015
Approaching American Abstraction: The Fisher Collection
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
Opens May 14, 2016
Big Picture: Art After 1945
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA
Opens Jul 23, 2016

Unsere Amerikaner
Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Bielefeld, Germany
Nov 5, 2016 - Jul 23, 2017
Matisse and American Art
Montclair Art Museum
Montclair, NJ
Feb 5 - Jun 18, 2017
Primary Structures. Masterworks of Minimal Art
Museum für Moderne Kunst
Frankfurt, Germany
Feb 22 - Aug 13, 2017

The Beginning of Everything: Drawings from the Janie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and David Whitney Collections
The Menil Collection
Houston, TX
Feb 24 - Jun 18, 2017
Ellsworth Kelly In Focus
Tate Liverpool
Liverpool, UK
Apr 3 - May 29, 2017
Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip
The Menil Collection
Houston, TX
Apr 14 - Aug 6, 2017

The Times
Flag Art Foundation
New York, NY
Jun 1 - Aug 11, 2017
Blue Black Curated by Glenn Ligon
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
St. Louis, MO
Jun 9 - Oct, 2017
To Distribute and Multiply: The Feibes and Schmitt Gift
The Hyde Collection
Glens Falls, NY
Opens Jun 10, 2017

Ellsworth Kelly: Fruits & Flowers
The Hyde Collection
Glens Falls, NY
Jun 25 - Sep 24, 2017
Ellsworth Kelly: Slow Curve
The Hyde Collection
Glens Falls, NY
Jun 25 - Sep 24, 2017