Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall
Opening Reception and Exhibition Preview
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
5:30 pm: VIP reception
6:00 pm: Opening reception and exhibition preview
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Kelly-inspired creative cocktail attire
Complimentary valet parking
Image: Ellsworth Kelly (American, b. 1923). Black White Black, 2006. Painted aluminum, 60 3/4 x 230 x 1 7/8 in. (154.3 x 584.2 x 4.8 cm). ©Ellsworth Kelly. Photo courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
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 opening of Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall marks the first anniversary of the Barnes Foundation’s move to Philadelphia. The exhibition is the Foundation's first of contemporary art since 1923, which, by happy coincidence, was both the year that Albert C. Barnes showed his latest acquisitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the year that Kelly was born.
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.