Ellsworth Kelly. Black & White
Exhibition 07.10.11 – 22.01.12
Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923 in Newburgh, New York) is among the most important
protagonists of Colour Field Painting. His paintings, in large format for
the most part and consisting usually of several panels, are an impressive
interplay of form, colour and space. Kelly's works are notable for their
very lean imagery: The forms are geometric or organic, the contours are
drawn sharply, the colours are intense.
Form, derived from real observation, is at the source of Kelly's creative process. The window of a museum, the floor of a Paris café, the diagonal shadow of a garage entranceway – fragments of everyday reality that the artist translates into the simplest, most memorable forms, hence turning the quotidian into two-dimensional signs. Kelly does not find refuge in invented lines or shapes and is therefore liberated from the need to compose an image: “The things that
interested me were always there.”
At all his creative periods, Kelly tested new image ideas in black-and-white
versions – a method he still practices to this day. For the most part, these
paintings were realised at the same time as the colour versions; at times
they came before. In the black and white versions, Kelly can only
concentrate on form and profile to create light and dark. The emotional
value of the colours no longer distracts the viewer. The black-and-white
works constitute about one-third of his large opus and they provide
information on the various stages of his artistic development since the
The exhibition was organised in close cooperation with the artist, who
already encouraged a presentation of his black and white works in the 1990s.
It will show a selection of about 50 paintings and reliefs from 1948 to
2010. These will be complemented by a group of drawings and photographs.
“Black & White” is the first comprehensive retrospective of the
black-and-white works by Ellsworth Kelly.
At the same time, the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung at the Pinakothek der
Moderne will be showing "Plant Drawings" by Ellsworth Kelly (7.10.11 -
The "Kelly in Munich" i-Phone and i-Pad app was released for both of these
exhibitions. In addition to photos and descriptions of the exhibits, it also
offers a personal look into the biography of the artist. "Kelly in Munich"
can be downloaded for free in the app store.
The exhibition is organised in cooperation with Museum Wiesbaden
With friendly support from
the Dr. Karl Wamsler Foundation
Stretch your view
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App "Kelly in Munich"
An app for iPhone and iPad was released to accompany the Ellsworth Kelly exhibitions at Haus der Kunst and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in 2011. MORE
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