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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
Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection, 1945 to Now
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 22, 2018 - Nov 21, 2021
Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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
Postwar Abstraction: Variations
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oklahoma City, OK
Apr 19 - Dec 31, 2019
Locally Sourced: Collecting Long Island Artists
The Heckscher Museum of Art
Huntington, NY
Nov 23, 2019 - Mar 15, 2020