Ellsworth Kelly: Singular Forms, 1966-2009

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Ellsworth Kelly: Singular Forms, 1966-2009
Hardcover. 55 pgs. Color illustrations throughout. Published by Mnuchin Gallery.
Ellsworth Kelly was born in 1923 in Newburgh, After his discharge from the army, the G.I. Bill provided the financial support Kelly needed to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from 1946-7. This funding also allowed him the opportunity to attend classes at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. These two unique experiences exposed Kelly to cities rich with culture and artistic resources. His exercises in observation and drawing at the museums in Paris allowed him to establish his aesthetic and earn his first solo show at Galerie Arnaud in 1951. Kelly remained abroad until 1954, when he returned to New York as a result of a review he read of an Ad Reinhardt show to which he felt his work and his aesthetic very much related. His first show was in 1956 at Betty Parsons' gallery, where it was received with comments about its European 'flair'. 1957 proved to be a key moment in Kelly's career: along with a second show at Betty Parsons, he was given his first public commission for Philadelphia's Penn Center and was included in the Whitney's "Young America 1957" show. One of thirty invited artists, Kelly stood out for his use of more than one panel or canvas for one piece. This trend of manipulating raw materials can be seen throughout his career, especially in his "shaped canvases". In 1959, Kelly was included in the historical "Sixteen Americans" show at New York's Museum of Modern Art, officially recognizing him as a member of the new generation of artists which included Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson and Frank Stella. Ellsworth Kelly redefined abstraction in art.

Ellsworth Kelly is a Whitney Collection artist with 44 works in holding. Kelly's Blue Green Red, 1964 is featured in the Whitney's 2019 exhibition Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s.
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Hardcover. 55 pgs. Color illustrations throughout. Published by Mnuchin Gallery.