Word on Kelly

Mike Killackey, senior preparator for MCQ Fine Art.



Final prep work for an exhibition of more than 20 print editions by artist Ellsworth Kelly, who passed away December 27 at the age of 92, has been completed. The exhibition is organized by Michele C. Quinn for the Barrick Museum’s Inner Gallery. From the release:

Kelly was an American painter, sculptor, and print maker who created works of cleanly juxtaposed colors and shapes and is largely considered to be one of the leading abstract artists of the postwar period. The minimal quality of his works should not be confused with being simplistic. The artist discovered a way to translate what he observed–a shadow on a wall, a curve of a hill, of the space between buildings–into paintings that drew from reality but became abstractions. Kelly was not interested in assigning meaning to his works but preferred to create shapes and colors so intense that they are like three-dimensional objects. All of the works in this exhibition were created during the last two decades of his collaboration with Gemini G.E.L, the now-legendary print workshop located in Los Angeles.


ELLSWORTH KELLY runs from February 12 through May 14, 2016.

Other programming events:

Visitor Made Color Compositions

Thursday, February 18, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Printmaking with Ellsworth: A Conversation with Erik Beehn

March 16, 6 – 7pm

Also at The Barrick: Unseen Selections

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