Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas' was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. Exhibition support provided by the Contemporary Art Fund through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Naomi Aberly and Laurence Lebowitz, Arlene and John Dayton, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Faulconer, Nancy and Tim Hanley, The Hoffman Family Foundation, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Evelyn P. and Edward W. Rose, and Gayle and Paul Stoffel. Publication of the exhibition catalogue was underwritten by Marguerite and Robert Hoffman and Mary Noel and Bill Lamont, with additional support from the Contemporary Art Fund. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.
Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas' presents a survey of artworks by one of the most distinguished American artists working today. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and sculpture drawn from the Museum's extensive collection of Kelly's work, from private collections in Dallas, and from the artist's studio. Kelly's art reflects his way of looking at the world through essential shapes found in nature, shapes that are visually intense and exhibit a palpable presence. The simplicity of his renderings of these essential elements makes the works accessible to all who see them. 'Ellsworth Kelly brings a fresh eye to abstractions of the natural world,' said Charles Wylie, the Museum's Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art. 'For example, a leaf becomes a lozenge-shaped horizontal form, a shape that frequently appears in his red, green, and blue paintings, which were the subject of an important recent exhibition of Kelly's works. Several paintings from that period, which ranges from the early 1950s to the present, are found in Dallas collections and will be in the exhibition,' said Wylie. 'Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas' not only represents the depth of the artist's works in Dallas but also ties together institutions in the Dallas Arts District, including preliminary drawings for the colorful panels commissioned for the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall and drawings and a sculpture from the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Related Events Lunch/Talk/Tour Friday, May 21, 12:00 p.m. Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas For DMA members only. Registration is required Gallery Talk Wednesday, June 9, 12:15 p.m. Artists on Art: Ellsworth Kelly
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