Celebrating the one hundredth birthday of the late Ellsworth Kelly, the world-famous minimalist who rose to fame in the 1960s is being honoured with a selection of key exhibitions. Known for stripped down and cut back art productions, in which shape, line, and form were used in such sparing and loosely translated mannerisms, a deep and subconscious element seemed to leap out from the simplicity.
Never one to throw anything away that related to his work, the paradox of his spartan style reveals a plethora of keepsakes and memorabilia that draw perfect lines from piece to piece. The massive collection has been curated since his death in 2015 and is now being used to celebrate his decades-long career in art and design. A keen use of colour and minimalism gave Kelly a distinctive style that has become instrumental inspiration for many future generations since his time.
A range of items are being exhibited this year that focus on individual aspects of the artist’s work. A series of sketchbooks that show scribblings and the formulation of ideas can be seen at The Museum Of Modern Art. According to those who knew him, Ellsworth Kelly would usually have a sketchbook on his person and would often resort to delving in to jot down his observations and concepts as they arose.
During his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, during the 1950s, Ellsworth Kelly began a lifelong love of photography. His ability to capture oddities of angle and contrasts of direction is a keystone element in modern composition. His photographic works are on display at the Santa Barbra Museum of Art from October 15th to January. Kelly also produced free standing sculpture. His choices reflected the aesthetic with shape and form taking real space in various precious and well-known materials. A selection of these works can be seen at the Lever House office building until the end of April next year.
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