Plant Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly 1964-1966

  • Jun 25, 2016 – Sep 18, 2016
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery
Ellsworth Kelly, "Catalpa leaf (Feuille)", 1965-66, lithograph on Rives
BFK paper, 35 3/8 x 24 5/8 in. Collection of the artist.

Artist Ellsworth Kelly came to attention in the early 1960s as a key figure in Hard Edge, Color Field, and Minimalist art. His artworks frequently are distillations of objects translated into a broad expanse of a single hue or a rigid geometric form. Yet, while his name is synonymous with such abstraction, Kelly also created a more lyrical body of work—about 1,000 botanical drawings—that form a bridge between his figurative work and abstraction. Similar to Matisse’s artwork, Kelly’s images seem effortless, yet are the result of acute study and practice. The nine prints that comprise this exhibition are from Kelly’s first lithographic suite of plant drawings and reflect the artist’s time in southern France during late 1964 through the summer of 1965.

The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in collaboration with The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Additional support provided by the JFM Foundation, and Mrs. Donald M. Cox.

Plant Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly, 1964-1966 and the adjacent exhibition, Matisse Drawings, are sponsored at the Weatherspoon by a generous gift from Jane R. Kearns.


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