Ellsworth Kelly, a painter, sculptor and printmaker whose work over 7 decades done him one of America’s heading epitome artists, has died. He was 92.
Kelly’s Manhattan gallerist, Matthew Marks Gallery, pronounced he died Sunday during his upstate New York home. Peter Wenk, a owners of a wake home nearby Kelly’s home studio in Spencertown, on Monday reliable Kelly’s genocide though couldn’t yield any other details, such as a cause. In new years, a artist had been pang from lung ailments.
Kelly’s work emphasized a morality of form compared with minimalism, hard-edge painting, tone margin and cocktail art. One of his signature works, “The Chatham Series,” is done adult of 14 L-shaped monochrome panels.
When he perceived a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013, his reference read: “A clever spectator of form, color, and a healthy world, Mr. Kelly has made some-more than half a century of condensation and stays a critical change in American art.”
Born in Newburgh in New York’s Hudson Valley in 1923, Kelly grew adult in New Jersey and enrolled in art propagandize in New York City in 1941. He left propagandize during World War II, when he embellished deception patterns on feign tanks and other troops objects constructed by a special Army section to mistreat a Germans. Among his comrades was Bill Blass, a destiny conform designer.
Kelly changed to Paris after a fight to investigate art. He returned to New York in a mid-1950s to start formulating a resolutely colored geometric paintings that were exhibited in a Museum of Modern Art, as good as in museums and galleries opposite a United States and Europe.
During a 1970 outing to upstate New York to director locations for another studio, he found a empty second-floor space with 12-foot windows in a Victorian building in a encampment of Chatham, where he combined “The Chatham Series.” The array was initial displayed in 1972 during a Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.
He after built a new studio on skill a few miles divided in Spencertown, nearby a Massachusetts border. He lived there with his longtime partner, Jack Spear, a photographer and collector.
Matthew Marks, who has sole and exhibited Kelly’s work given a early 1990s, pronounced a artist was still in direct and so formulating right adult to a end, with several paintings and sculptures in a works.
“He was amazing,” Marks told The Associated Press. “It’s like he kept removing improved and better.”