New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday. December 30, 2015 by Jack Dziamba
Ellsworth Kelly in his studio in Spencertown, N.Y., in 2012. Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

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

SLIDE SHOW|11 Photos Ellsworth Kelly, Mixing Abstraction With Simplicity

“Ellsworth Kelly, Who Shaped Geometries on a Bold Scale, Dies at 92” 

DEC. 27, 2015,  The New York Times,

“Ellsworth Kelly, one of America’s great 20th-century abstract artists, who in the years after World War II shaped a distinctive style of American painting by combining the solid shapes and brilliant colors of European abstraction with forms distilled from everyday life, died on Sunday at his home in Spencertown, N.Y. He was 92.”


“Born in Newburgh, N.Y., on May 31, 1923, Mr. Kelly studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston after his discharge from the Army in 1945. But his formative years as an artist were in Paris, which he had visited briefly during World War II, and where he returned to live in 1948 with support from the G.I. Bill.”

The seven years he subsequently spent there had continuing emotional resonance for him throughout his life. In a 1996 interview with “The New York Times, he recalled his early days in the city:

‘”Paris was gray after the war. I liked being alone. I liked being a stranger. I didn’t speak French very well, and I liked the silence.”’
                                       (Source:“Ellsworth Kelly, Who Shaped Geometries on a Bold Scale, Dies at 92”)

Silence – Pictures Without Words: “Ellsworth Kelly: Los Angeles” *

The Artis, Himself


* “Ellsworth Kelly: Los Angeles” is the first exhibition in Matthew Marks’ new LA space. The show includes six new two-panel paintings, all of which are being exhibited here for the first time. The paintings are each made from a single shaped canvas featuring a dramatic curve carefully painted with many coats of a bright color (blue, green, yellow, orange, etc). These curved panels are attached to a rectangular canvas painted in a contrasting color.”
“Also on view are a group of 1952-54 collages Kelly made in Paris as a young man, including Study for Black and White Panels, and a 1966 painting Black Over White. These works are the inspiration for Kelly’s monumental sculpture installed on the façade of the building. Among his largest works, Kelly’s new Los Angeles sculpture is the first to incorporate the building’s architecture into his own work. In one succinct gesture, the entire façade has become part of his sculpture.Published on Jan 18, 2014 (Source: “Ellsworth Kelly: Los Angeles” January 20 – April 14, 2012. Mathew Marks Gallery.)
H/T Mark Dziamba




  1. I have always enjoyed Ellsworth Kelly’s work & consider him a ‘rock star’ of modern art. Same with Sam Francis who I was lucky enough to meet. Great blog. Thank you Jack!

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