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
Nov 11, 2017 - Nov 4, 2018

Salon Style: Collected Marks on Paper
Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Mar 8 - Aug 20, 2018
The Water Lilies: American Abstract Art and the last Monet
Musée de l'Orangerie
Paris, France
Apr 13 - Aug 20, 2018
The Big Picture: A Transformative Gift from the Hall Family Foundation
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, MO
Apr 28 - Oct 7, 2018

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art
Tate Modern
London, UK
May 2 - Oct 14, 2018
Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Lithographs
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Stockbridge, MA
May 6 - Oct 8, 2018
Far Out: Art from the 1960s
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Madison, WI
May 19 - Sep 2, 2018

Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly
Norton Simon Museum
Pasadena, CA
Jun 1 - Oct 29, 2018
Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection
Long Beach Museum of Art
Long Beach, CA
Jun 9 - Sep 2, 2018
MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne, Australia
Jun 9 - Oct 7, 2018

I Still Believe in Miracles – Works from Selvaag Art Collection
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
Oslo, Norway
Jun 9 - Sep 2, 2018
Line Form Colour: Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) in French collections
Collection Lambert
Avignon, France
Jul 5 - Nov 4, 2018
Line and Curve: The Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear Shaker Collection from Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon with Prints by Ellsworth
New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain, CT
Jul 13 - Dec 31, 2018

True Colors
Nassau County Museum of Art
Roslyn Harbor, NY
Jul 21 - Nov 4, 2018
Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists
The Getty Research Institute
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 26 - Oct 28, 2018
Ellsworth Kelly in the Hamptons
Guild Hall
East Hampton, NY
Aug 11 - Oct 8, 2018

Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera
The Met Breuer
New York, NY
Opens Nov 28, 2018