Ellsworth Kelly has been an active painter, sculptor, and printmaker throughout the post-war period.  Born in 1923 in upstate New York and trained initially in the United States, he used the G.I. Bill to study in Paris for six years where he was influenced by fellow expatriates Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and Alexander Calder, and by Europeans Constantin Brancusi, Francis Picabia, and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, among others.

His painting embraces abstraction which is drawn from observations of the real world such as shadows and spaces created by architectural elements. His sculpture, similar to his painting, is starkly geometric and often dependent on contrasts in color. His drawings and prints of plants and people, on the other hand, have consistently been straightforwardly representational.

Kelly has had major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and the Tate Modern, among others. His work with books began with Maeght of Paris in 1958 and continued with that concern until the early 1980s. More recently he has produced important editions with the Limited Editions Club and the Matthew Marks Gallery in Manhattan.

 

Books with Ellsworth Kelly available from Boreas Fine Art:

[ Kelly, Ellsworth ]  Ashbery, John.  Plant Drawings.  New York: Matthew Marks Gallery.  1992.

 

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