Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall
A leading artist of the 20th and 21st centuries, Ellsworth Kelly has developed a unique approach to abstraction, mastering painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. Often working with saturated, smoothly applied monochromatic colors and geometric forms, he derives his abstractions from natural and man-made environments.
The works in Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall demonstrate the artist’s interest in the intersection of art and architecture, color and form, figure and ground. Sculpture for a Large Wall, the exhibition’s monumental centerpiece, was originally installed in the Philadelphia Transportation Building and returns to the city for the first time since 1998.
The exhibition is sponsored by
and Jeanette and Joe Neubauer
with additional generous support from Agnes Gund and Gordon Gund, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, Comcast|NBCUniversal, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Johnson Art and Education Foundation, Leigh and John Middleton, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman, Aileen and Brian Roberts, Katherine and Keith Sachs, and an anonymous donor. Support for the accompanying publication is generously provided by Matthew Marks Gallery and Christie's.
Image: 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