Sculpture for a Large Wall

Philadelphia,  PA, April 05, 2012 — This Spring, the Barnes Foundation presents Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wallon view in the Aileen and Brian Roberts Gallery from May 4 through September 2, 2013. The first contemporary art exhibition organized by the Barnes in 90 years, featuring major Kelly sculptures ranging from 1957 to current work, including Sculpture for a Large Wall (1956–1957), on loan from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in addition to four large sculptures and three studies from other collections. 

Public Programs
The Barnes has developed a series of special programs for members, the public and families to celebrate, illustrate, explore and discuss Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall in the context of the Barnes Foundation.



Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments 
This documentary follows Kelly as he revisits the Paris of his early twenties. The film uncovers early influences that become themes he would return to, reiterate, refine, and re-work for decades to come. Directed by Edgar B. Howard and Tom Piper, 65 min.
First Fridays, May 3, June 7, July 5, and August 2 at 10 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm
Free first Sunday, May 5 at 10 am, noon, and 4:30 pm




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Previews of Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall
Members only
Thursday, May 2, 10 am–4 pm, Friday, May 3, 10 am–6 pm
See the extraordinary sculptures of this leading American contemporary artist, and welcome Sculpture for a Large Wall back to Philadelphia.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall Supporter opening event
Members only
Friday, May 3, 6–10 pm
Supporter-level members and above are invited to the opening of Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall. Enjoy a complimentary drink and live entertainment by the Hot Club of Philadelphia. Free for Supporter-level members and above.
Reservations required: or 215.278.7100

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall curator’s lecture
Members only
Saturday, May 4, 2–3 pm
An overview of our inaugural contemporary art exhibition from Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator Judith F. Dolkart.
$12. Reservations recommended.

The Art in Sculpture: from Rodin to Kelly
Members only
Friday, May 17, 11 am–noon
Suzanne Glover Lindsay, University of Pennsylvania art history professor, discusses how European sculptors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries used the art of the ensemble, line, color, and form, conceits shared by Dr. Barnes, as context for Kelly’s work.
$12. Reservations recommended.


Sculpture for a Large Wall: Art and Architecture
Friday, May 31, 1–2 pm
Gund Family Chief Curator Judith F. Dolkart talks with curator James Meyer, National Gallery of Art, and David B. Brownlee, Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor at Penn, about this piece’s role in Philadelphia’s urban landscape.
$15; members $12. Includes admission to Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall.



Ellsworth Kelly: American Master
Saturday, June 8, 11 am–noon
Tricia Y. Paik, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, explores Kelly’s work, inspirations, and impact on contemporary art of the last 60 years.
$15; members $12

Modernism to Abstraction
Sunday, June 16, 2–3:30 pm
As context for Kelly’s work, explore painting from representational art to considerations of form itself. This panel presents three artists in conversation about perspectives on abstract art.
Free; reservations required.



In July we explore color, line, space and shape in images, a movie, storybooks, and designs inspired by the art of Ellsworth Kelly.

ARTime Storytime
Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
Thursday, July 11, 10:30–11 am
Harold draws using only his boundless imagination and a purple crayon. Unleash your creativity with a purple crayon! Free; reservations required.

ArtKids @ the Movies
Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest

Sunday, July 14, 2–4 pm
A dangerous quest for a faraway land and an imprisoned djinn. Directed by Michel Ocelot, PG, 99 min. Free tickets at admission desk; first come, first served.

ARTime Storytime
One, by Kathryn Otoshi
Thursday, July 18, 10:30–11 am, Thursday, July 25, 10:30–11 am, Thursday, July 25, 10:30–11 am. One shows all the colors how to play together. Count your colors in a fun art project. Best for ages 2–5. Free; reservations required.

ArtSee Activities: ColorLineSpaceShape
Friday, July 19, 5–7 pm, Saturday, July 20, 11 am–1 pm, Sunday, July 21, 1–3 pm
Manipulate color, line, space, and shape by sculpting a tile, forming a tessellation bag, and impressing a stripe print. Free; drop-in tickets at admission desk.

ARTime Pajama Tour
Friday, July 19, 6–6:30 pm
Follow that line! It leads to color bursts, deep space, and dazzling shapes!
For ages 2–5; wear your pajamas! Collection admission and program reservations required


Art on the Wall; Art as the Wall
Sunday, July 21, 2–3:30 pm
Much art relies on being distinct from its containing structure, but Sculpture for a Large Wall, is a structure in and of itself. This panel looks at relationships between walls and art, ideas of permanence, and the politics of space and structure.
Free; reservations required.



Teacher workshop: Art Across the Curriculum
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 20 and 21, 10 am–3 pm Help your students use the Barnes’s inquiry-based interdisciplinary approach to art to meet Common Core State Standards. For K–12 teachers, this workshop explores using art and the theories of Dr. Barnes to achieve curricular goals, and features the Ellsworth Kelly exhibition.
Educators only; $100. Registration required: or 215.278.7312.



Art in Public Places
Sunday, September 1, 2–3:30 pm
The presence of art in public spaces has implications for the artist, the work, and the public. This panel presents artistic and institutional perspectives on public art in Philadelphia. Free; reservations required.

About Ellsworth Kelly

Born in 1923, Ellsworth Kelly began to develop his distinctive approach to abstraction in the late 1940s in Paris, where he studied on the G.I. Bill. In 1954, he returned to the U.S. and continued creating paintings whose abstract forms, contours, and contrasts of line or tone were based on observations of the built environment and the natural world. By the late 1950s, Kelly was also making sculptures, using cut-out forms that he mounted on walls or set outdoors. Working against conventional expectations, he typically made these sculptures so they read as flat, whereas the paintings (often done on shaped supports) seem three-dimensional. In 1970, Kelly left New York City and moved upstate, where he found inspiration in his new rural environment, and where his artistic practice began to include the creation of large-scale outdoor sculptures in metal. Over the years, his sculptures have tended to take either the form of reliefs or of free-standing totems (as at the Barnes Foundation). He has made public commissions for sites and institutions in cities such as New York, Paris, Barcelona, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Dallas. Kelly continues to exhibit and work in his studio and has forthcoming exhibitions at Detroit Institute of Arts and the Phillips Collection and a showing of works at MoMA during 2013.

About the Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to "promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture." The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with extensive holdings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin, and Maurice Prendergast, as well as old master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts, and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia.

The Barnes Foundation's Art and Aesthetics programs engage a diverse array of audiences. These programs, occurring on-site, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

In May 2012, the Barnes Foundation opened a new facility on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The Philadelphia campus is home to the Foundation’s world-famous art collection and is the site of a new series of temporary exhibitions in its Aileen and Brian Roberts Gallery which respond, relate to, or contextualize the Foundation’s permanent collection.

The Barnes Arboretum, located at the Merion campus, contains more than 2,000 species/varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and subsequently added to under the direction of Laura L. Barnes, the collection includes a fern-leaf beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Laciniata'), a dove tree (Davidia involucrata), a monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), and a redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Other important plant collections include lilacs, peonies, Stewartias, and magnolias. The Horticulture School at the Barnes Foundation in Merion offers a comprehensive, three-year certificate course of study in the botanical sciences, horticultural practices, garden aesthetics, and design through a well-grounded, scientific learning experience since its inauguration in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes.  The Barnes Foundation Archives are also located at the Merion campus.



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Images: Ellsworth Kelly (American, b. 1923). Sculpture for a Large Wall, 1956–1957. Anodized aluminum, 104 panels, 11' 5" x 65' 5" x 28" (348 x 1994 x 71.1 cm). Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, 526.1998 © 2012 Ellsworth Kelly.

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