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In Memoriam: Ellsworth Kelly

Yesterday, December 27, 2015,  American painter, sculptor, and printmaker Ellsworth Kelly passed away at his home in Spencertown, New York. He was  92.

Generally associated with hard-edge painting, he is among the most important protagonists of Colour Field Painting. His paintings, in large format for the most part and consisting usually of several panels, are an impressive interplay of form, colour and space.

Kelly’s works are notable for their very lean imagery: The forms are geometric or organic, the contours are drawn sharply, the colours are intense.

We remember his work through two exhibitions: one hosted at Haus der kunst (Munich) in 2011, under the title  Ellsworth Kelly:Black and White,  devoted solely to his black and white works, put together for the first time in an exhibition, and another one hosted at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum) named Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings, the first retrospective examination of Kelly’s exceedingly prolific print practice since 1988. Pictures that follow are from both exhibitions.

Ellsworth Kelly, Shadows on Stairs, Villa La Combe, Meschers, 1950, Collection of the artist, photo Ellsworth Kelly © Ellsworth Kelly Exhibition Black and White. Haus der Kunst.
Ellsworth Kelly, Plant II, 1949, Private collection © Ellsworth Kelly. Exhibition Black and White. Haus der Kunst.
Ellsworth Kelly, La Combe II, 1950–51, Private collection © Ellsworth Kelly Exhibition Black and White. Haus der Kunst.
Ellsworth Kelly, Window, Museum of Modern Art, Paris 1949, Collection of the artist © Ellsworth Kelly. Exhibition Black and White. Haus der Kunst.
Exhibition Prints and Paintings. LACMA.
Exhibition Prints and Paintings. LACMA.
Exhibition Prints and Paintings. LACMA.
Exhibition Prints and Paintings. LACMA.

 

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In Memoriam: Ellsworth Kelly

Ayer 27 de diciembre de 2015, el pintor, escultor y grabador norteamericano Ellsworth Kelly falleció en su casa en Spencertown, Nueva York. Tenía 92.

Kelly es uno de los protagonistas más importantes del color field painting; su obra se caracterizó con pinturas, en gran formato en su mayortía, y por lo general formadas en varios paneles, con un impresionante interacción de forma, color y espacio.

Las obras de Kelly son notables además por su predilección por las formas geométricas u orgánicas, los contornos se dibujan fuertes y los colores intensos.

Recordamos su trabajo a través de dos exposiciones: una que le dedicó Haus der Kunst (Munich) en el 2011, bajo el título de Ellsworth Kelly: Blanco y Negro, dedicada exclusivamente a sus obras en blanco y negro reunidas por primera vez en una exposición, y otra en LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum) al año siguiente, llamada Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings, primer examen retrospectivo de la práctica -extremadamente prolífica- de grabados  desde 1988. Las imágenes que siguen pertenecen a ambas exposiciones.

Ellsworth Kelly, Shadows on Stairs, Villa La Combe, Meschers, 1950, Collection of the artist, photo Ellsworth Kelly © Ellsworth Kelly Exhibition Black and White. Haus der Kunst.
Ellsworth Kelly, Plant II, 1949, Private collection © Ellsworth Kelly. Exhibition Black and White. Haus der Kunst.
Ellsworth Kelly, La Combe II, 1950–51, Private collection © Ellsworth Kelly Exhibition Black and White. Haus der Kunst.
Ellsworth Kelly, Window, Museum of Modern Art, Paris 1949, Collection of the artist © Ellsworth Kelly. Exhibition Black and White. Haus der Kunst.
Exhibition Prints and Paintings. LACMA.
Exhibition Prints and Paintings. LACMA.
Exhibition Prints and Paintings. LACMA.
Exhibition Prints and Paintings. LACMA.

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