Ellsworth Kelly — a master of geometric abstraction

January 6, 2016  |   Uncategorized
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For the artist Ellsworth Kelly, perfection had little to do with geometry. What he wanted was joy. He found it through a keen perception of things he saw.

Ellsworth Kelly's "Sculpture for a Large Wall" (1956-57) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Nov. 20, 2004.
Ellsworth Kelly’s “Sculpture for a Large Wall” (1956-57) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Nov. 20, 2004.

 

Ellsworth Kelly, (American, 1923-2015), "Untitled," 1994, stainless steel, Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of John and Mary Pappajohn, 2015.15 Public Art Location:  Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines, Iowa
Ellsworth Kelly, (American, 1923-2015), “Untitled,” 1994, stainless steel, Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of John and Mary Pappajohn, 2015.15
Public Art Location:
Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines, Iowa

 

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“As a young American in Paris in 1949 — four years out of the Army and one year out of a Boston art school — Ellsworth Kelly had an epiphany. The key to creative inspiration was in the world around him, not in other artists’ studios or at the Louvre. If he paid close attention to, say, the contour of a window, the shape of a leaf, the play of light and shadows on man-made and natural forms, his art would emerge.” wrote Suzanne Muchnic when the artist Ellsworth Kelly died on December 27, 2015 at 92.

Ellsworth Kelly in Spencertown, New York in 2012. Photograph: © Jack Shear
Ellsworth Kelly in Spencertown, New York in 2012. Photograph: © Jack Shear

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