Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly, evading critical attempts to classify him as a Color Field, hard-edge, or Minimalist painter, has redefined abstraction in art, establishing himself through his drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints as one of the most important artists working today. Kelly's visual vocabulary is drawn from observation of the world around him—shapes and colors found in plants, architecture, shadows on a wall or a lake—and has been shaped by his interest in the spaces between places and objects and between his work and its viewers. He has said, "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
The Art of Our Time
Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles, CA
Aug 15, 2015 - Sep 12, 2016
The Inaugural Installation
The Broad
Los Angeles, CA
Opens Sep 20, 2015
Objects and Bodies at Rest and in Motion
Moderna Museet
Malmo, Sweden
Sep 26, 2015 - Feb 7, 2016

The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC
Oct 4, 2015 - Feb 7, 2016
Connections and Context
Parrish Art Museum
Water Mill, NY
Nov 10, 2015 - Oct 30, 2016
Collection in Focus: Ellsworth Kelly
Rose Art Museum
Waltham, MA
Feb 12 - Jun 5, 2016