Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Ellsworth Kelly: Recent Painting and Sculpture, the next exhibition at his galleries at 523 West 24th Street and 522 West 22nd Street.
The exhibition will consist of twelve new paintings and a new sculpture made between 1999 and 2003, all of which are being exhibited for the first time.
The two-panel works, each made of two joined monochromatic canvases, underscore Kelly's rigorous investigation of color. Kelly's chromatics are balanced by his calculated compositions, whereby the particular shapes and arrangements of the canvases enter into a dialogue with the colors' tendencies to advance or recede.
Though Kelly has always been interested in blurring the line between painting and sculpture, two of the works exhibited, dated 2003, push that interest even further. In these works, Kelly has joined two panels at an angle to each other, one parallel to the wall, the other projecting outward. In other works, Kelly employs new colors, including a deep red and rich purple never before seen in the artist's oeuvre.
One-panel and two-panel paintings alike—each a precise hue on a shaped canvas—evidence the artist's working process: struck by a form seen in his everyday life, Kelly abstracts and streamlines the form to create deliberate, balanced unions. For instance, one of the paintings was inspired by a folded pack of Brown & Williamson cigarettes the artist found on the street. Now, decades later, this found object has given rise to an abstract red and white painting measuring seven feet tall.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a hardcover book reproducing 28 large-scale canvases, three sculptures, and two public commissions Kelly has executed over the past three years. The publication will also include an essay on Kelly's singular contribution to the modernist dialectic by Benjamin Buchloh, professor of Art History at Barnard College. Buchloh's interrogation of Kelly's work operates around an invocation of Mallarmé's matrix, from which the exhibition takes its title.
Ellsworth Kelly was born in 1923 and currently lives and works in upstate New York. His work has been the subject of numerous major retrospectives worldwide, including the current traveling exhibition Ellsworth Kelly: Red Green Blue, on view through July of this year at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art in August.
Ellsworth Kelly: Recent Painting and Sculpture will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery at both 523 West 24th Street (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM) and 522 West 22nd Street (11:00 AM to 6:00 PM), between 10th and 11th Avenues. The exhibition runs through June 28th, 2003.
Concurrent with this exhibition, a second exhibition of the artist's work, Ellsworth Kelly: Self-Portrait Drawings 1944-1992, will be on view at Matthew Marks's new gallery at 529 West 21st Street. This gallery will be open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
For further information or photographs, please contact Victoria Cuthbert at 212-243-0200.