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"Ellsworth Kelly: The Early Drawings"
1999-06-12 until 1999-08-15
The High Museum
USA United States of America
Ellsworth Kelly is considered one of America's greatest
living artists. He is part of a generation of artists who
came of age in the years immediately after World War II.
As the passionate gestures of Abstract Expressionism
swept this country, Kelly instead took his cues from
European art from before the war. He chose to live in Paris
from 1948 to 1954, and during these years he developed a
rigorously spare and elegant approach to abstraction.
This experimental period is featured in the exhibition
Ellsworth Kelly: The Early Drawings, 1948-1955. The
exhibition includes approximately two hundred drawings
and collages–many of which have never been exhibited
before–that present insight into the thought process of a
maturing artist. A catalogue written by Yve-Alain Bois,
the exhibition's curator, accompanies the show.
Ellsworth Kelly: The Early Drawings, 1948-1955 was
organized by the Harvard University Art Museums,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Kunstmuseum
Winterthur, Switzerland. This exhibition is sponsored, in
part, by the Douglas S. Cramer Foundation, Agnes Gund
and Daniel Shapiro, and Emily Rauh Pulitzer. In Atlanta,
this exhibition is made possible by the generous support
of Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Rhodes.