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 (born 1923) 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. Kelly lives and works in Spencertown, New York.


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Gallery Exhibitions










Museum Exhibitions
The Permanent Collection: Art. Illuminated.
Parrish Art Museum
Water Mill, NY
Nov 8, 2014 - Nov 6, 2015
Geometries On and Off the Grid: Art from 1950 to the Present
The Warehouse
Dallas, TX
Feb 2 - Nov 30, 2015
Fresh Prints: The Nineties to Now
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, OH
Mar 22 - Jul 26, 2015

The Patton Collection: A Gift to North Carolina
North Carolina Museum of Art
Raleigh, NC
Mar 28 - Aug 23, 2015
American Icons: Masterworks from the SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
Grand Palais
Paris, France
Apr 8 - Jun 22, 2015
Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty
Mori Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan
Apr 25 - Jul 5, 2015

America Is Hard to See
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
May 1 - Sep 27, 2015
PROPORTIO
Palazzo Fortuny
Venice, Italy
May 9 - Nov 22, 2015
American Icons: Masterworks from the SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
Musée Granet
Aix-en-Provence, France
Jul 11 - Oct 18, 2015