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 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

Highlights from the Marmor Collection
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Oct 12, 2016 - Feb 13, 2017
Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection
Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah, NY
Oct 23, 2016 - Jan 29, 2017
Abundant, Bountiful, & Beautiful
Long Beach Museum of Art
Long Beach, CA
Nov 10, 2016 - Mar 19, 2017

Hard-Edge Cool: The Routhier Collection of Mid-Century Prints
Shelburne Museum
Shelburne, VT
Nov 19, 2016 - Jan 20, 2017
Matisse and American Art
Montclair Art Museum
Montclair, NJ
Feb 5 - Jun 18, 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