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PAPER/WORKS: Williams Anastasi / Charles Arnoldi / Dominique Blain / Daniel Brice / Francesco Clemente / Dorothy Fratt / Robert Kelly / Ed Kienholz / Mark Pomilio / Jim Waid - Bentley Gallery
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h 14.5" w 11" paper and image size
h 22.75" w 19" d 1.25" frame size

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Title, year, signature on back

Drawing on his extensive travels, Robert Kelly’s painted collages contain found print and material from around the world. Kelly has included antique botanical drawings, handwritten notes, small sketches, vintage posters, and signs in his work. To create the ground for his paintings, he lays the re-appropriated paper in long strips to form irregular grids, small squares, and triangles. The repeated application of paper often obscures the printed content beyond recognition. “I have grown fond of the pared-down tools of line, form, and color and the bountiful yield of their juxtapositions, without the need of references or symbolic otherness to give them meaning,” he has said. Having laid the ground, he paints abstract geometric shapes and meandering lines in oil and gouache. In an effort to complicate the notion of a completed work, Kelly has deconstructed many of his canvases and rearranged them into abstract assemblages.

Selected exhibitions
2021
HAMPTONS | Postwar and Contemporary ArtLeslie Feely
2020
Recent AcquisitionsLeslie Feely
Post War AbstractionLeslie Feely
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Tantra Ledger XXVII, 1998

Conte and gouache on paper, framed
22 3/4 × 19 × 1 1/4 in
57.8 × 48.3 × 3.2 cm
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Phoenix
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h 14.5" w 11" paper and image size
h 22.75" w 19" d 1.25" frame size

Medium
Signature
Title, year, signature on back

Drawing on his extensive travels, Robert Kelly’s painted collages contain found print and material from around the world. Kelly has included antique botanical drawings, handwritten notes, small sketches, vintage posters, and signs in his work. To create the ground for his paintings, he lays the re-appropriated paper in long strips to form irregular grids, small squares, and triangles. The repeated application of paper often obscures the printed content beyond recognition. “I have grown fond of the pared-down tools of line, form, and color and the bountiful yield of their juxtapositions, without the need of references or symbolic otherness to give them meaning,” he has said. Having laid the ground, he paints abstract geometric shapes and meandering lines in oil and gouache. In an effort to complicate the notion of a completed work, Kelly has deconstructed many of his canvases and rearranged them into abstract assemblages.

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