Ellsworth Kelly

American , 1923 - 2015

Ellsworth Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York in 1923. From 1941 to 1943, he attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. After serving in the military from 1943 to 1945, he attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1948, Kelly went to Paris, where he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under the G.I. Bill.

While in France, he discovered Romanesque and Byzantine art and Surrealism and Neo-Plasticism. In 1950, Kelly met Jean Arp and began producing shaped-wood reliefs and collages, arranging elements according to the laws of chance. He traveled throughout France during the 1950s, meeting Georges Vantongerloo, Alexander Calder, and Constantin Brancusi, among other artists.

Kelly had his first solo show in 1951 at the Galerie Arnaud in Paris. In 1954, Kelly returned to the United States, to lower Manhattan, where his neighbors included Robert Indiana, Agnes Martin and Jack Youngerman. His first solo show in New York was at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1956. Three years later, he participated in “Sixteen Americans” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

In 1970, Kelly moved out of Manhattan and set up a studio in Chatham. His first retrospective was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1973. An exhibition of Kelly’s prints and works on paper traveled extensively in the United States and Canada from 1987 to 1988. In 1996, a career retrospective, organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Tate Gallery in London and the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Ellsworth Kelly currently lives in Spencertown.
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Alianthus Leaves II

1966

Susan Sheehan Gallery

$12,000 - $35,000

Alianthus Leaves I

1966

Susan Sheehan Gallery

$12,000 - $35,000

Leaves

1965-66

Susan Sheehan Gallery

$12,000 - $35,000

Blue Curve/Red Curve

2014

Marlborough Graphics (New York)

$12,000 - $35,000

Wild Grape Leaves II

2004

Krakow Witkin Gallery

$12,000 - $35,000

Black Curve

1988

Senior & Shopmaker Gallery

Price upon request

Nine Squares

1977

Mary Ryan Gallery, Inc.

Price upon request

Leaf III

1978

Mary Ryan Gallery, Inc.

Price upon request

Philodendron I

1984

Susan Sheehan Gallery

$12,000 - $35,000

Blue and Orange

1964

Hiram Butler Gallery

$12,000 - $35,000

Black Form

1967

Sragow Gallery

$2,200 - $5,500

Light Blue with Orange

1964

Susan Sheehan Gallery

$12,000 - $35,000

Oranges

1966

Susan Sheehan Gallery

$12,000 - $35,000

Nine Squares

1977

Susan Sheehan Gallery

$35,000 - $70,000

Blue Curve / Red Curve

2014

Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl

$12,000 - $35,000

Green Curves

2013

Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl

$5,500 - $12,000