It was just over a month ago that I was helping to set up for the press preview of Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall. The preview started at noon, but we had film crews and members of the press showing up as early as 10:30 am. After telling one journalist that he was quite early and the artist wouldn’t be arriving for another hour, he replied, "Yes, but this is Ellsworth Kelly; it's like getting to see the Rolling Stones." I laughed, but then realized I felt the same way.
So in honor of the artist who recently turned 90 (and received the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama this week), I wanted to show a clip of him sharing some early memories of when he received the commission for the monumental Sculpture for a Large Wall as a young artist in the 1950s.
Have you had a chance yet to see Sculpture for a Large Wall in its return to Philadelphia? It's on display in the Roberts Gallery through September; let us know what you think.