Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly’s large-scale, monochromatic art works have been key innovations within several 20th century art movements, including Minimalism and Pop Art. Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York, in 1923, and studied at The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He enlisted in the army between 1943 and 1945, after which he attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and l’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. He lived in Paris for six years, where he began to work abstractly, and by the time he returned to New York in 1954, he had garnered a great deal of critical attention. The artist evolved through a variety of approaches to abstraction throughout his career, and in the late 1950s he began to make the curvilinear “shaped” canvases for which he is best known. Kelly continued to make work at his Spencertown, NY, studio until he passed away in 2015 at the age of 92. The artist’s works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, and the Tate Modern, London. His oeuvre has been the subject of retrospective exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, and the Haus der Kunst, Munich.



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T The New York Times Style Magazine | Returning, Again, to American Drawing in the 1960s

January 27, 2016

An installation view of “Drawing Then: Innovation and Influence in American Drawings of …


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