Ellsworth Kelly at Gemini: An Exploration of Color
July 15 - September 15 2023
These concurrent exhibitions will examine the finesse and subtlety with which Ellsworth used his
Gemini collaborations to explore single color variations – namely red, yellow,
blue and green. The inspiration for this exhibition was Gemini co-founder Sidney Felsen’s:
Ellsworth stood in the litho studio, motionless, staring at a wall of 12 or 15 yellow “draw-downs,” which are pure ink samples, straight out of the can. This must have gone on for nearly 15 to 20 minutes. Finally, he walked away and I was able to ask him, “Ellsworth, what was that all about?” Ellsworth said without hesitation, “Well, there’s a thousand yellows and I want to be sure I’ve chosen the right one.” The exhibition will examine where the emphasis in Ellsworth’s single-color printmaking endeavors lay–unsurprisingly, yellow, red, blue and green.