Ellsworth Kelly

In a career spanning almost seventy years, Ellsworth Kelly redefined abstraction in art, evading critical attempts to classify him as a Color Field, hard-edge, or Minimalist painter. Beginning in the late 1940s, he established himself through his drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints as one of the most important artists of his era. His visual vocabulary was drawn from observation of the world around him — shapes and colors found in plants, architecture, shadows — and has been shaped by his interest in the spaces between places and objects, and between his work and its viewers: "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
Approaching American Abstraction: The Fisher Collection
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
Opens May 14, 2016
Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1900-1960
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Opens Apr 28, 2017
The Long Run
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Opens Nov 11, 2017

Line & Curve: The Ellsworth Kelly & Jack Shear Shaker Collection from Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon with Prints by Ellsworth Kelly
New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain, CT
Jul 13, 2018 - Jun 30, 2019
Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection, 1945 to Now
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA
Opens Jul 20, 2018
Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
Oct 16, 2018 - Mar 3, 2019

Paris without Regret Foreign Artists, 1944-1968
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Madrid, Spain
Nov 21, 2018 - Apr 22, 2019
Printing Abstraction
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, MO
Nov 30, 2018 - Mar 31, 2019
Painting with Method
Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Vienna, Austria
Nov 30, 2018 - May 5, 2019

Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera
The Met Breuer
New York, NY
Opens Dec 17, 2018
5 Ways In: Themes from the Collection
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 14, 2019 - Sep 12, 2021
Centre Pompidou
Paris, France
Feb 27 - May 27, 2019