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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Huffington Post | Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 : Where The Museums Come to Shop

December 14, 2017

‘We were very pleased by the overall fair, both in terms of the general interest we had, and in terms …

Artnet | Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and for How Much—at Art Basel Miami Beach

December 11, 2017

There’s a reason why Art Basel in Miami Beach has been dubbed the art world’s Black Friday. Judging …

The Observer | Art Basel Miami Beach 2017: The Good, the Bad and the Biggest Sales

December 11, 2017

Sales reports suggested that painting is far from dead, to the market at least. An Ellsworth Kelly with …

Bloomberg | Trump's Former Taj Mahal Casino Relics Among Art Basel Displays

December 11, 2017

A 1959 painting by Ellsworth Kelly, who died in 2015, sold at Levy Gorvy Gallery.

Artnet | Here’s What Dealers Are Bringing to Art Basel in Miami Beach

December 4, 2017

Featuring selections from Lévy Gorvy's presentation at Booth E6, Ellsworth Kelly’s burnt-red painting Sumac (1959) …

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 the Sixties.” …

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