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

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

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

Abstract Resistance, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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

The Process of Seeing, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis


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