Ellsworth Kelly, ‘Black Curve (Radius 12')’, 1976, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"I have worked to free shape from its ground, and then to work the shape so that it has a definite relationship to the space around it; so that it has a clarity and a measure within itself of its parts (angles, curves, edges and mass); and so that, with color and tonality, the shape finds its own space and always demands its freedom and separateness."—Ellsworth Kelly

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 76; titled and dated 1976 on the reverse

Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum; London, Hayward Gallery; Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou; Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Ellsworth Kelly: The Focused Vision, December 1979 - September 1980, cat. no. 22 (Paris), cat. no. 46 (Baden-Baden), p. 123 (Baden-Baden)
Dallas Museum of Art, Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas, May - August 2004, pp. 32 and 56, cat. no. 25 illustrated

Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. Lobell, New York
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Christie's, New York, 12 May 2010, Lot 200 (consigned by the above)
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

About Ellsworth Kelly

Since the beginning of his career, Ellsworth Kelly's emphasis on pure form and color and his impulse to suppress gesture in favor of creating spatial unity have played a pivotal role in the development of abstract art in America. A major influence on Pop Art, Minimalism, hard-edge and color field painting, Ellsworth Kelly’s best-known works are distinguished by sharply delineated shapes flatly painted in vivid color, such as Colors for a Large Wall (1951). His abstract paintings are inspired by the interplay of light, space, and color in the architecture around him. In contrast, Kelly’s automatic drawings feature delicate outlines of bodies and flora.

American, 1923-2015, Newburgh, New York, based in New York, New York