Ellsworth Kelly


1923, Newburgh, New York
2015, Spencertown, New York

Artist Ellsworth Kelly in his studio

Ellsworth Kelly, 2009; photo: © Jack Shear


After early artistic training in New York and Boston and military service in World War II, Ellsworth Kelly spent a formative period in France from 1948 to 1954. It was there that he developed his characteristic work. These abstractions drastically redu

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Artist Ellsworth Kelly recalls his first encounter with abstraction and reflects on how his decades-long fascination with line, form, and color has manifested in both his paintings and his creative process.

The Artist Initiative with Ellsworth Kelly

The Artist Initiative with Ellsworth Kelly is one of a series of five collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects that bring together curators, conservators, art historians, and artists to pilot new approaches to contemporary art conservation, interpretation, and display.

The Artist Initiative is generously funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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