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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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Museum Exhibitions
Approaching American Abstraction: The Fisher Collection
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
Opens May 14, 2016
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

The spirit of a collection: donations
Fondation Maeght
Saint Paul de Vence, France
Dec 1, 2018 - Jun 16, 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

The Collection of the Foundation: A Vision for Painting
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Paris, France
Feb 20 - Aug 26, 2019
Drawn Together Again
The FLAG Art Foundation
New York, NY
Feb 23 - May 18, 2019
Ellsworth Kelly: Fenêtres
Centre Pompidou
Paris, France
Feb 27 - May 27, 2019

Interpolations: Artworks for The Ringling and Monda Collections
The John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art
Sarasota, FL
Mar 17 - Sep 8, 2019
Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Opens Mar 29, 2019
Postwar Abstraction: Variations
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oklahoma City, OK
Apr 19 - Dec 31, 2019