Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly was one of America’s greatest 20th century abstract artists, known for his numerous contributions to the Minimalist, Color Field, and Hard-Edge Abstraction movements. As a proponent of pure color and form, Kelly’s work often consisted of bright, monochromatic shaped canvases and sculptures. He derived much of his source material from the observation of everyday life, and was influenced by painters Ad Reinhardt and Henri Matisse. Kelly studied Applied Arts at the Pratt Institute, New York.

Selected Exhibitions

2017
Ellsworth Kelly In Focus, Tate Liverpool  Ellsworth Kelly Last Paintings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York  Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York  Fruits & Flowers, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY  Slow Curve, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY 

2016
Ellsworth Kelly: Anthology, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands  Ellsworth Kelly Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York  Plant Lithographs 1964-1966, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina Greensboro, NC

2010
Abstract Resistance, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

2005
Quartet: Johns, Kelly, Mitchell, Motherwell, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

1994
The Process of Seeing, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Collections

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Tate Modern, London, England
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Menil Collection, Houston, TX
The Broad, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York