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Ellsworth Kelly

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Ellsworth Kelly  

American (Newburgh, N.Y., 1923)



 Ellsworth Kelly installation shot of print

This print is an example of Ellsworth Kelly’s interest in the dynamic relationship among contour, form and color. The balanced intensity of red and blue and the curved boundary between them create a perceptual contest revealing his unique version of abstraction that is both analytical and sensual. Although often considered a minimalist, Kelly’s vision derives from a lifelong interest in observing nature that frequently lends his images a sense of organic vitality. 

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