Ellsworth Kelly: Black and White, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Ellsworth Kelly, Black Curve in Relief, 2009

October 7, 2011 – January 20, 2012

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”.

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