Originally Published by East City Art on 01/12/23
To mark the centennial of artist Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923, Newburgh, NY; d. 2015, Spencertown, NY), Glenstone Museum will mount a major survey exhibition commemorating the artist’s seven-decade career. Ellsworth Kelly at 100 will be one of the largest retrospectives of Kelly’s work in the 21st century and the first traveling exhibition organized by Glenstone. The exhibition will travel to Paris, France, where Kelly developed some of his most radical ideas as a young artist, to be displayed at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the spring of 2024, in a presentation unique to the Frank Gehry designed museum. In the fall of 2024, the presentation will open at the Fire Station in Doha, Qatar, marking the first presentation of the artist’s work in the region.
Kelly drew inspiration from nature and the world around him to create a singular style that shaped American abstraction in the 20th and 21st centuries. The comprehensive presentation will chart the artist’s lifelong exploration of the relationship between form, color, line, and space through key works drawn from pivotal periods in his career, several of which will be on public view for the first time.
On view in Room 2 of the Pavilions from May 4, 2023 until March 2024, the exhibition will feature almost 70 works drawn from Glenstone’s collection and those of major international museum lenders, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, the Netherlands; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Major works have also generously been made available from the Ellsworth Kelly Studio and private collections.
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