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 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
Connections and Context
Parrish Art Museum
Water Mill, NY
Nov 1, 2015 - Oct 30, 2016

Gesture and Control: Post War Works on Paper
Hunter Museum of American Art
Chattanooga, TN
Opens Feb 4 - Jul 17, 2016
Henkel – The Art Collection
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
Düsseldorf, Germany
Apr 8 - Aug 14, 2016
Ellipsis
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
St. Louis, MO
Apr 15 - Jul 2, 2016

Sculpture on the Move 1946–2016
Kunstmuseum Basel
Basel, Switzerland
Apr 19 - Sep 18, 2016
The Campaign for Art: Drawings, Part 1
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
May 14 - Sep 18, 2016
Approaching American Abstraction: The Fisher Collection
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
Opens May 14, 2016

Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
Jun 28 - Sep 5, 2016