Ellsworth Kelly arrives at LACMA’s gala opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum on February 9, 2008 in Los Angeles
May 31, 1923 |
Newburgh, New York
|Field||Painting, sculpture, printmaking|
École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ellsworth Kelly (born May 31, 1923) is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker associated with hard-edge painting, Color Field painting and the minimalist school. His works demonstrate unassuming techniques emphasizing simplicity of form, similar to the work of John McLaughlin and Kenneth Noland. Kelly often employs bright colors. He lives and works in Spencertown, New York.
- 1 Childhood
- 2 Education
- 3 Military
- 4 Postwar education
- 5 Career
- 6 Artworks (selection)
- 7 Exhibitions
- 8 Public commissions
- 9 Collections
- 10 Recognition
- 11 Art market
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Kelly was born the second son of three to Allan Howe Kelly and Florence Bithens Kelly in Newburgh, New York, a town approximately 60 miles north of New York City. His father was an insurance company executive of Scots-Irish and German descent. His mother was a former schoolteacher of Welsh and Pennsylvania-German stock. His family moved from Newburgh to New Jersey shortly after he was born. Kelly remembers his mother moving his family each year to a different house. They lived in many places in New Jersey both in and around the Hackensack area.
Many of Kelly’s memories are of the time they lived in Oradell a town of nearly 7,500 people. His family lived near the Oradell Reservoir, where his paternal grandmother Rosenlieb introduced him to bird watching at the age of eight or nine. Bird watching helped Kelly train his eyes and develop his appreciation for the physical reality of the world by focusing on nature’s shapes. He developed his passion for form and color. As part of his interest, he studied the works of Louis Agassiz Fuertes and John James Audubon. Audubon had a particularly strong influence on Kelly’s work throughout his career. Author E.C. Goossen speculates that the two and three-color paintings (such as Three Panels: Red Yellow Blue, I 1963) for which Kelly is so well known can be traced to his bird watching, and his study of the two and three-color birds he saw so frequently at an early age. Kelly has said he was often alone as a young boy and became somewhat of a "loner". He had a slight stutter that persisted into his teenage years.
Kelly attended public school, where art classes stressed materials and sought to develop the "artistic imagination". This curriculum was typical of the broader trend in schooling that had emerged from the Progressive education theories promulgated by the Columbia University Teacher's College, at which the American modernist painter Arthur Wesley Dow had taught. Although his parents were reluctant to support Kelly's art training, a school teacher encouraged him to go further. As his parents would pay only for technical training, Kelly studied first at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, which he attended from 1941 until he was inducted into the Army on New Year’s Day 1943.
Upon entering U.S military service in 1943 he requested to be assigned to the 603rd Engineers Camouflage Battalion, which took many artists. He was inducted at Fort Dix, New Jersey and to Camp Hale, Colorado, where he trained with mountain ski troops. He had never skied before. Six to eight weeks later, he was transferred to Fort Meade, Maryland. During World War II, he served with other artists and designers in a deception unit known as The Ghost Army. The Ghost soldiers used inflatable tanks, trucks, and other elements of subterfuge to mislead the Axis forces about the direction and disposition of Allied forces. He had a lot of exposure to military camouflage during the time he served and this became part of his basic art training. Kelly served with the unit from 1943 until the end of the European phase of the war.
Kelly used the G.I. Bill to study from 1946 to 1947 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he took advantage of the museum's collections, and then at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. There he attended classes infrequently, but immersed himself in the rich artistic resources of the city. He had heard a lecture by Max Beckmann on the French artist Paul Cézanne in 1938 and moved to Paris that year. There he got to know the Americans John Cage and Merce Cunningham, experimenting in music and dance, respectively; the French Surrealist artist Jean Arp and the abstract sculptor Constantin Brâncuși, whose simplification of natural forms had a lasting effect on him. The experience of visiting artists in their studios—Brâncuși, Alberto Magnelli, Francis Picabia, Alberto Giacometti, Georges Vantongerloo, among them—was transformative. While in Paris Kelly established his aesthetic.
After being abroad for six years, Kelly decided to return to America in 1954. He was interested after reading a review of an Ad Reinhardt exhibit, to which he felt his work related. Upon his return to New York, he found the art world “very tough.” Although Kelly is now considered an essential innovator and contributor to the American art movement, it was hard for many to find the connection between Kelly’s art and the dominant stylistic trends. In May 1956 Kelly had his first New York exhibition at Betty Parsons’ Gallery. His art was considered more European than was popular in New York. He showed again at her gallery in the fall of 1957. Three of his pieces: Atlantic, Bar, and Painting in Three Panels, were selected and shown for the Whitney Museum of American Art's exhibit, "Young America 1957.” His pieces were considered radically different from the other twenty-nine artists’ works. Painting in Three Panels, for example, was particularly noted; at the time critics questioned his creating a work from three canvases. For instance, Michael Plante has said that, more often than not, Kelly’s multiple-panel pieces were cramped because of installation restrictions, which reduced the interaction between the pieces and the architecture of the room.
Kelly eventually moved away from Coenties Slip, where he had sometimes shared a studio with fellow artist and friend Agnes Martin, up to the ninth floor of the high-rise studio/co-op Hotel des Artistes at 27 West 67th Street. Kelly left New York City for Spencertown in 1970 and was joined by his partner, photographer Jack Shear, in 1984. Since 2001, he has been working in a 20,000-square-feet studio reconfigured and extended by the architect Richard Gluckman in Spencertown. Kelly and Shear moved to their current residence, a wood-clad Colonial house built circa 1815, in 2005. Shear serves as the director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation.
While in Paris, Kelly had continued to paint the figure but by May 1949, he made his first abstract paintings. Observing how light dispersed on the surface of water, he painted Seine (1950), made of black and white rectangles arranged by chance. In 1952 he started a series of eight collages titled Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance I to VIII. He created it by using numbered slips of paper; each referred to a colour, one of eighteen different hues to be placed on a grid 40 inches by 40 inches. Each of the eight collages used a different process.
Kelly's discovery in 1952 of Monet’s late work infused him with a new freedom of painterly expression: he began working in extremely large formats and explored the concepts of seriality and monochrome paintings. As a painter he worked from then on in an exclusively abstract mode. By the late 1950s, his painting stressed shape and planar masses (often assuming non-rectilinear formats). His work of this period also provided a useful bridge from the vanguard American geometric abstraction of the 1930s and early 1940s to the Minimalism and reductive art of the mid-1960s and 1970s. Kelly's relief painting Blue Tablet (1962), for example, was included in the seminal 1963 exhibition, Toward a New Abstraction, at the Jewish Museum.
During the 1960s he started working with irregularly angled canvases. Yellow Piece (1966), the artist’s first shaped canvas, represents Kelly’s pivotal break with the rectangular support and his redefinition of painting’s figure/ground relationship. With its curved corners and single, all-encompassing color, the canvas itself becomes the composition, transforming the wall behind it into the picture’s ground. In the 1970s he added curved shapes to his repertoire. Green White (1968) marks the debut appearance of the triangle in Kelly’s oeuvre, a shape that reoccurs throughout his career; the painting is composed of two distinct, shaped monochromatic canvases, which are installed on top of each other: a large-scale, inverted, green trapezoid is positioned vertically above of a smaller white triangle, forming a new geometric composition.
After leaving New York City for Spencertown in 1970, he rented a former theater in the nearby town of Chatham, allowing to work in a studio more spacious than any he had previously occupied. After working there for a year, Kelly embarked on a series of 14 paintings that would become the Chatham Series. Each work takes the form of an inverted ell, and is made of two joined canvases, each canvas a monochrome of a different color. The works vary in proportion and palette from one to the next; careful attention was paid to the size of each panel and the color selected in order to achieve balance and contrast between the two.
A larger series of twelve works which Kelly started in 1972 and did not complete until 1983, Gray was originally conceived as an anti-war statement and is drained of color. In 1979 he used curves in two-colour paintings made of separate panels.
In his recent painting, Kelly has distilled his palette and introduced new forms. In each work, he starts with a rectangular canvas which he carefully paints with many coats of white paint; a shaped canvas, mostly painted black, is placed on top.
Lithographs and drawings
Kelly has been making drawings of plants and flowers since the late 1940s. Ailanthus (1948) is the first plant drawing that he executed in Boston, Hyacinth (1949) was the first one he did when he was in Paris. Beginning in 1949, while living in Paris (and influenced in this choice of subject by Henri Matisse and Jean Arp) he began to draw simple plant and seaweed forms. The plant studies are, for the most part, contour drawings of leaves, stems and flowers done in clean strokes of pencil or pen and centered on the page. He also first experimented with reductive geometry in paint and wood in 1949.
He took up printmaking in a concerted fashion in the mid-1960s, when he produced his Suite of Twenty-Seven Lithographs (1964–66) with Maeght Éditeur in Paris. It was then that he created his first group of plant lithographs. Since then he has collaborated primarily with Gemini G.E.L.. His initial series of 28 transfer lithographs, entitled Suite of Plant Lithographs, marked the beginning of a corpus that would grow to 72 prints and countless drawings of foliage. In 1971, he completed four editions of prints and an edition of the multiple Mirrored Concorde at Gemini G.E.L. His Purple/Red/Gray/Orange (1988), at eighteen feet in length, may be the largest single-sheet lithograph ever made. His recent editions, The River, States of the River and River II, reflect the fascination with water Kelly has had since his early days in Paris. In 1975, Ellsworth Kelly was the first artist to exhibit for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's MATRIX series. The exhibition displayed Kelly's Corn Stalk drawings series and two of his 1974 cor-ten steel sculptures.
Although Kelly may be better known for his paintings, he has also worked at sculpture throughout his career. In 1958, Kelly conceived one of his first wood sculptures, Concorde Relief I (1958), a modestly scaled wall relief in elm, which explores the visual play and balance between two rectangular forms layered on top of each other, the uppermost with its top-right and lower-left corners removed. He has made 30 sculptures in wood throughout his career. From 1959 onwards, he created freestanding folded sculptures. The Rocker series began in 1959 after Kelly's casual conversation with Agnes Martin, who lived below him on Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan. Playing with the paper top from a take-out coffee cup, Kelly cut and folded a section of the round object, which he then put on the table and rocked back and forth. Soon after, he constructed his first sculpture-in-the-round, Pony. The title refers to a child's hobby horse with curving rocker supports.
In 1973 Kelly began regularly making large-scale outdoor sculpture. Kelly gave up painted surfaces, instead choosing unvarnished steel, aluminum or bronze, often in totem-like configurations such as Curve XXIII (1981). While the totemic forms of his freestanding sculptures can measure up to 15 feet tall, his wall reliefs can span more than 14 feet wide. Kelly’s sculpture “is founded on its adherence to absolute simplicity and clarity of form.” For his 1980s sculptures, uring this period in Spencertown, the artist devoted for the first time as much energy to his sculptures as to his painting, producing over sixty percent of his total 140 sculptures.
Kelly creates his pieces using a succession of ideas on various forms. He may start with a drawing, enhance the drawing to create a print, take the print and create a freestanding piece, which is then made into a sculpture. Kelly’s sculptures are meant to be entirely simple and can be viewed quickly, often only in one glance. The viewer observes smooth, flat surfaces that are secluded from the space that surrounds them. This sense of flatness and minimalism makes it hard to tell the difference between the foreground and background. Kelly's Blue Disc was included in the seminal 1966 exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York entitled, Primary Structures, alongside many much younger artists just beginning to work with minimal forms.
William Rubin noted that “Kelly’s development had been resolutely inner-directed: neither a reaction to Abstract Expressionism nor the outcome of a dialogue with his contemporaries.” Many of his paintings consist of a single (usually bright) color, with some canvases being of irregular shape, sometimes called "shaped canvases." The quality of line seen in his paintings and in the form of his shaped canvases is very subtle, and implies perfection. This is demonstrated in his piece Block Island Study 1959.
Kelly’s background in the military has been suggested as a source of the seriousness of his works. While serving time in the army, Kelly was exposed to and influenced by the camouflage with which his specific battalion worked. This taught him about the use of form and shadow, as well as the construction and deconstruction of the visible. It was fundamental to his early education as an artist. Ralph Coburn, a friend of Kelly’s from Boston, introduced him to the technique of automatic drawing while visiting in Paris. Kelly embraced this technique of making an image without looking at the sheet of paper. These techniques helped Kelly in loosening his drawing style and broadened his acceptance of what he believed to be art. During his last year in Paris, Kelly was ill and also suffered depression; Sims thought that influenced his predominant use of black and white during that period. Kelly’s admiration for Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso are apparent in his work. He trained himself to view things in various ways and work in different mediums because of their inspiration. Piet Mondrian influences the nonobjective forms he uses in both his paintings and sculptures. Kelly was first influenced by the art and architecture of the Romanesque and Byzantine eras while he was studying in Paris. His introduction to Surrealism and Neo-Plasticism influenced his work and caused him to test the abstraction of geometric forms.
- Red Yellow Blue White and Black,  1953, oil on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
- White Disk III,  1961, oil paint on wood, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
- Window, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, 1949, oil and wood on canvas, Private Collection
- Spectrum of Colors Arranged by Chance, 1951–53, oil on wood, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- Black Ripe, 1955, oil on canvas, Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson
- Sculpture for a Large Wall, 1957, anodized aluminum, Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Red Blue Green, 1963, oil on canvas, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
- Curve IX, 1974, polished aluminum, Private Collection
- Houston Triptych, 1986, bronze, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- Three Panels: Orange, Dark Gray, Green, 1986, oil on canvas, Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Red Curves, 1996, oil on canvas, Private Collection
- High Yellow, 1960, oil on canvas, Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX
- Nine Squares1976,oil on canvas, Collection of Tate
Kelly's first solo exhibition was held at the Galerie Arnaud, Paris, in 1951. His first solo show in New York was held at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1956. In 1957, he showed works in a group exhibition at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles. In 1959 he was included in the Museum of Modern Art's ground-breaking exhibition, Sixteen Americans. Kelly was invited to show at the São Paulo Biennial in 1961. His work was later included in the documenta in 1977, 1977, and 1991. A room of his paintings was included in the 2007 Venice Biennale.
Kelly’s first retrospective was held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1973. His work has since been recognized in numerous retrospective exhibitions, including a sculpture exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 1982; an exhibition of works on paper and a show of his print works that traveled extensively in the United States and Canada from 1987–88; and a career retrospective in 1996 organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Since then, solo exhibitions of Kelly’s work have been mounted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1998), Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge (1999), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1988/2002), Philadelphia Museum of Art (2007), and Museum of Modern Art in New York (2007).
In 1993, the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris mounted the exhibition "Ellsworth Kelly: The French Years, 1948-54," based on the artist's relationship with the city, which travelled to the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; in 2008, the Musée d'Orsay honored Kelly with the exhibition "Correspondences: Paul Cézanne Ellsworth Kelly". Haus der Kunst exhibited the first comprehensive retrospective of Kelly's black and white works in 2012.
On the occasion of the artist's 90th birthday in 2013, the National Gallery of Art in Washington mounted an exhibition of his prints; the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia put together five sculptures in a show; the Phillips Collection in Washington exhibited his panel paintings; and the Museum of Modern Art opened a show of the “Chatham Series”.
Kelly is represented by Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Los Angeles. The facade of Marks’s Los Angeles gallery, was inspired by Study for Black and White Panels, a collage he made while living in Paris in 1954, and a painting, Black Over White. From 1964 he produced prints and editioned sculptures at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles and Tyler Graphics Ltd near New York City.
Selected solo exhibitions
- 1951 Kelly Peintures et reliefsGalerie Arnaud, Paris
- 1956 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
- 1957 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
- 1957 Young America 1957, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
- 1973 Ellsworth Kelly, Museum of Modern Art, New York
- 1977 Ellsworth Kelly: Paintings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
- 1982 Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
- 1985 Ellsworth Kelly: White Panel II", High Museum of Art, Atlanta
- 1987 Ellsworth Kelly: Works on Paper, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth
- 1994 Ellsworth Kelly: Recent Paintings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
- 1996 Ellsworth Kelly: A Retrospective, Guggenheim Museum, New York
- 2002 Ellsworth Kelly in San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
- 2003 Ellsworth Kelly: The Self-Portrait Drawings, 1944-1992, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
- 2006 Ellsworth Kelly: New Paintings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
- 2010 Ellsworth Kelly: Drawings 1954-1962, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
- 2012 Ellsworth Kelly: Schwarz und Weiss, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden
In 1957 Kelly was commissioned to produce a 65-foot-long wall sculpture for the Transportation Building at Penn Center in Philadelphia, his largest work to that date. Largely forgotten, the sculpture entitled Sculpture for a Large Wall (1957) was eventually dismantled. Kelly has since executed many public commissions, including Wright Curve (1966), a steel sculpture designed for permanent installation in the Guggenheim’s Peter B. Lewis Theater; a mural for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 1969; Curve XXII (I Will) at Lincoln Park in Chicago in 1981; a 1985 commission by I. M. Pei for the Raffles City building in Singapore; the Houston Triptych, vertical bronze planes mounted on a tall concrete at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 1986; Totem (1987), a sculpture for the Parc de la Creueta del Coll, Barcelona; the Dallas Panels (Blue Green Black Red) (1989) for the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; a 1989 sculpture for the headquarters of Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland; Gaul (1993), a monumental sculpture commissioned by the Institute d'Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France; a two-part memorial for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., in 1993; and large-scale Berlin panels for the Deutscher Bundestag, Berlin, in 1998. For the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse (designed by Henry N. Cobb) in Boston he designed the The Boston Panels, 21 brilliantly colored aluminum panels installed in the central rotunda as a single work throughout the building.
Kelly's two-paneled Blue Black (2001), 28 feet tall and made of painted honeycomb aluminum, was commissioned for the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, and the large-scale bronze Untitled (2005) was commissioned specifically for the courtyard of the Phillips Collection. In 2005, Kelly was commissioned with the only site-specific work for the Modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago by Renzo Piano. He created White Curve, the largest wall sculpture he has ever made, which is on display since 2009.
Kelly's work is in many public collections, including those of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, and Tate Modern, London. In 1999, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announced that it had bought 22 works, paintings, wall reliefs and sculptures, by Ellsworth Kelly. They have been valued at more than $20 million. In 2003, the Menil Collection received Kelly's Tablet, 188 framed works on paper, including sketches, working drawings and collages. Notable private collectors include, among others, Eli Broad and Gwyneth Paltrow.
- 1963: Brandeis Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
- 1964: Carnegie International
- 1974: Member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters
- 1987: Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
- 2000: Praemium Imperiale
- 2013: Brandeis University honorary doctorate of Humane Letters, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
- 2013: National Medal of Arts, presented by the President of the United States
Kelly has also received numerous honorary degrees, among others from Bard College (1996), Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Royal College of Art, London (1997); Harvard University, Cambridge (2003); and Williams College (2005).
In 2008, Kelly's painting Green White (1961) was auctioned for $1.6 million at Christie's New York. The triangular Green White (1968) was sold for $3.5 million at Phillips de Pury & Company in 2011.
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- Cézanne and Beyond, February 26, 2009 – May 31, 2009 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.
- Carol Vogel (January 20, 2012), "True to His Abstraction" New York Times.
- A.M. Homes (July 2012), True to Form W.
- Coplans, John. Ellsworth Kelly, New York: H.N. Abrams, 1972.
- Plante, Michael. "Things to Cover Walls: Ellsworth Kelly’s Paris Paintings and the tradition of Mural Decoration,” American Art, Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 1995: 36-53. JSTOR. 10 Feb. 2008 <http://www.jstor.org>
- Gwyneth Paltrow (October 13, 2011), Ellsworth Kelly Interview.
- Karen Wright (August 2012), The Artist’s Studio: Ellsworth Kelly Vanity Fair.
- Ellsworth Kelly MoMA Collection.
- " Sixty Years at Full Intensity - Christoph Grunenberg interviews Ellsworth Kelly", TATE ETC.
- Ellsworth Kelly Fondation Beyeler, Riehen.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Relief Paintings, May 12 - June 29, 2001 Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Singular Forms 1966 - 2009, April 18 - June 8, 2013 Mnuchin Gallery, New York.
- Ellsworth Kelly Green White (1968) Phillips de Pury & Company New York, Contemporary Art Part 1, 12 May 2011.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Chatham Series, May 25 – September 8, 2013 Museum of Modern Art, New York.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Gray 1975 - 77, May 12 - August 17, 2001 Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Reliefs 2009-2010, February 12 - April 16, 2011, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings, October 14 - November 28, 1992 Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.
- Kimberly Chou (May 25, 2012), An Abstract Master Puts on a Plant Show Wall Street Journal.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Lithographs from the Artist’s Collection, 5 December 2008 - 7 February 2009 Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.
- Karen Rosenberg (June 7, 2012), Loving Flowers and Vines to Abstraction New York Times.
- Plants, Flowers and Fruits: Ellsworth Kelly Lithographs, April 23, 2010 - August 23, 2010 Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.
- Ellsworth Kelly Kenneth Tyler Collection at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
- Gemini G.E.L.: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1966-1996 - Ellsworth Kelly National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- Ellsworth Kelly Prints Created at Gemini Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Wood Sculpture, September 18, 2011 - March 4, 2012 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Works 1956-2002, 15 September 2002 to 19 January 2003 Fondation Beyeler, Basel.
- Ellsworth Kelly, Untitled (1987-1988) Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, 14 November 2012, New York.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Untitled (2005) Getty Center.
- Sims, Patterson and Emily Raugh Pulitzer. Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1982.
- William Rubin, “Ellsworth Kelly: The Big Form,” Art News, vol. 62, no.7 (November, 1963), p. 34.
- Suzanne Muchnich (January 2012), In the Abstract Los Angeles Times Magazine.
- Jeffrey Kastner (May 4, 2003), Ellsworth Kelly's Journey, From All Angles New York Times.
- Biography: Ellsworth Kelly Guggenheim Museum.
- Ellsworth Kelly / Paul Cézanne, 8 October 2008 - 1 February 2009 Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
- David Rhodes (February 2012),  The Brooklyn Rail.
- Carol Vogel (April 25, 2013), Galleries Celebrate Ellsworth Kelly at 90 New York Times.
- Carol Vogel (January 20, 2012), True to His Abstraction New York Times.
- Ellsworth Kelly, Wright Curve (1966) Guggenheim Collection.
- The Meyerson Symphony Center Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
- Carol Vogel (September 25, 1998), "Inside Art: Ellsworth Kelly On the Wall" New York Times.
- A Fusion of Art and Architecture, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts to Unveil Commissioned Works by Ellsworth Kelly and Richard Serra, October 1, 2001 Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis.
- "Courtyard". The Phillips Collection. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Carol Vogel (April 16, 2009), Inside Art: The Art Institute of Chicago add more works by Ellsworth Kelly. New York Times.
- Carol Vogel (May 14, 1999), Inside Art: Museum Lays In Vintage Kellys New York Times.
- Carol Vogel (October 17, 2003), New Hopes In Houston New York Times.
- "KELLY, Ellsworth". Kenneth Tyler printmaking collection. =National Gallery of Australia. June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- Remarks by the President in Presentation of the 2012 Medals of Arts and the Medals of Humanities White House, July 10, 2013.
- Bard College Catalogue 2011-12, Honorary Degrees Bard College.
- Commencement 2005: Honorary Degree Citation Williams College.
- Ellsworth Kelly, Green White (1961) Christie's New York, Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale, 12 November 2008.
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