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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Museum Exhibitions
The Inaugural Installation
The Broad
Los Angeles, CA
Opens Sep 20, 2015
Connections and Context
Parrish Art Museum
Water Mill, NY
Nov 1, 2015 - Oct 30, 2016
Approaching American Abstraction: The Fisher Collection
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
Opens May 14, 2016

With Open Eyes: The Wake Forest University Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Winston-Salem, NC
Jun 30 - Oct 2, 2016
Ellsworth Kelly: Anthology
Museum Voorlinden
Wassenaar, Netherlands
Sep 11, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017
The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA
Sep 11, 2016 - Jan 20, 2017

Highlights from the Marmor Collection
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Oct 12, 2016 - Feb 13, 2017