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ARTmonday: Tribute to Ellsworth Kelly

By Stylecarrot @StyleCarrot

I’ve always loved Ellsworth Kelly’s work. The crisp shapes in primary colors, or black & white, are so simple yet quite alluring. Kelly died last Sunday at age 92.

An article in The New Yorker aptly describes Kelly’s work using these phrases, among others: “emphatic shapes and clarion colors” and “unreasonably rational and ascetically luxuriant.”

Ellsworth Kelly, though born in Newburgh, New York, is a bit of a local Boston guy; he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston after leaving the Army in 1945. Every year there is at least one Ellsworth Kelly artwork at the SMFA Sale. In 1948 he left the States to live in Paris for seven years, and then settled in New York City. His obituary in The New York Times offers a lyrical overview of his life and career.

Here are some examples of of Ellsworth Kelly’s artwork.

 Ellsworth Kelly Portrait In 2012

Ellsworth Kelly in his studio, 2012
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Ellsworth Kelly Installation At The Guggenheim Museum In NYC

Installation at the Guggenheim museum, 1996

THIS PHOTO IS EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 20, 2010. 20mfa PLEASE NOTE: Geoff Edgers will be using in an article slated for Monday, September 20th or Tuesday, September 21. This is embargoed for publication until Monday, September 20th. Kelly Gifford of the MFA Blue Green Yellow Orange Red Ellsworth Kelly (American, born in 1923) 1968 Oil on canvas *© Ellsworth Kelly *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Library Tag 09202010

Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, 1968
Wood sculpture
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Installation view from %22Ellsworth Kelly- Los Angeles%22 at Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles. Credit- © Ellsworth Kelly.

Installation view from “Ellsworth Kelly: Los Angeles”
Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles


Curves on White (Four Panels), 2011
Matthew Marks Gallery
via Art Observed

Ellsworth Kelly Four Oranges MoMA

Four Oranges, 1966
Graphite on paper

Ellsworth Kelly Black & White
Cite, 1951  •  Oil on wood
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
via WikiArt

Ellsworth Kelly Nine Squares

Nine Squares, 1977
Screenprint with lithograph
Susan Sheehan Gallery via Artsy

Ellsworth Kelly White Square

White Square, 1953  •  Oil on wood
Photo by Hulya Kolobas Courtesy Ellsworth Kelly Archives
via Artsy

Ellsworth Kelly Yellow Curve

Colored Paper Image XIV (Yellow Curve), 1976
Colored and pressed paper pulp
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery via Artsy

Ellsworth Kelly Spectrum IV

Spectrum IV, 1967
Oil on canvas, thirteen panels

Ellsworth Kelly Abstract Sculpture And Painting

Gold with Orange Reliefs, 2013
Matthew Marks Gallery
via Art Observed

Ellsworth Kelly Orange & Red At MoMA

Orange Red Relief, 1959
Oil on canvas, two joined panels

Ellsworth Kelly Abstract Art Collage

Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance II, 1951
Cut-and-pasted color-coated paper and pencil on four sheets of paper

Ellsworth Kelly Black Fin Ble Rouge

Baie Rouge, 1984•Lithograph
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art via Artsy

Ellsworth Kelly Sunflower I Drawing

Sunflower I, 2004  •  1-color lithograph
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl via Artsy

Ellsworth Kelly Stacked Ovals At MoMA

Blue and Orange and Green (Bleu et orange et vert)
from Suite of Twenty-Seven Color Lithographs,

Ellsworth Kelly Black Form II Sculpture 2012

Black Form II, 2012
Painted aluminum

Black & White Portrait Of Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly

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Ellsworth Kelly elsewhere on StyleCarrot:

SMFA Sale 2014
SMFA Sale 2012
My Visit to MoMA

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