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 - Feb 4, 2018

To Distribute and Multiply: The Feibes and Schmitt Gift
The Hyde Collection
Glens Falls, NY
Opens Jun 10, 2017
Restless Gestures. Works from the Hubert Looser Collection
Nasjonal Museet
Oslo, Norway
Jun 23, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
Doubles, Dobros, Pliegues, Pares, Twins, Mitades
The Warehouse
Dallas, TX
Jul 10 - Dec 29, 2017

Elemental Forms
CU Art Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO
Jul 15, 2017 - May, 2018
Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection
The Morgan Library & Museum
New York, NY
Sep 29, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
When We Were Young: Rethinking Abstraction from the University at Albany Art Collections (1967-present)
University Art Museum - University at Albany
Albany, NY
Oct 6 - Dec 16, 2017

Being Modern: MoMA in Paris
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Paris, France
Oct 11, 2017 - Mar 5, 2018
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White
The National Gallery
London, UK
Oct 30, 2017 - Feb 18, 2018
All or Nothing
Crystal Bridges
Bentonville, AR
Nov 11 - May 28, 2017

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Ann Arbor, MI
Nov 18, 2017 - Feb 18, 2018
Form into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Austin’
Blanton Museum of Art
Austin, TX
Feb 18 - Apr 29, 2018