Ellsworth Kelly, ‘Black with White A.9’, 1964, Caviar20

Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923) is one of the masters of American minimalism.

He is collected internationally and renowned for his signature hypnotic shapes realized in single colors.

Like many artists who had served in the US military during WWII, Kelly took advantage of the the G.I. Bill and moved to Paris in the late 1940's only to return to the US in 1954.

Kelly was one of the first artists, along with Frank Stella, to use oddly shaped canvases and contributed to the nascent genre of Minimalism.

Similar to Stella, Kelly began to explore printmaking in the late 1960's and it became an essential part of his practice.

His first prints, from which this work is included, were created in a series entitled "Suite of Twenty-Seven Lithographs" and published by Maeght Éditeur in Paris. (Maeght also worked with Riopelle)

Kelly's work can be found in every major American museum's permanent collection in addition to the Centre Pompidou (Paris) the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), Tate Modern (London) and the National Gallery (Ottawa)

Signature: Signed and numbered by the artist

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