June 5–October 24, 2021
The exhibition comprises a concise and representative selection of Ellsworth Kelly’s sculptural work from the 1960s until shortly before his death. The artist drew inspiration from ‘the things he saw’. He distilled these observations to their essence and transformed them into simple, clear-cut planes and forms. His 1973 sculpture Curve I, for example, was inspired by a trampled carton cup.
Ellsworth Kelly made barely any distinction between painting and sculpture, given his prioritization of form in both disciplines. As the artist himself said, ‘The form of my painting is the content.’ And it is the form of the sculptures, as well their colour palettes and material, that ensure their crisp, well-defined contours contrast starkly with their surroundings. While the artist’s use of colour is intense and rich in contrast, his works in bronze, weathering steel and wood are likewise crystal-clear visual statements.[More Information]