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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly, Spectrum II, 1966–67.

1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110, United States

One hundred years ago, Ellsworth Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York, to Allan Howe Kelly and Florence Rose Elizabeth Kelly. He died eight years ago, in 2015, at 92. Kelly was known for hard-edge painting, Color Field painting, and minimalism. “I don’t want to paint things like Picasso’s women and Matisse’s odalisques lying on couches with pillows,” he once said. “I don’t want to paint people. I want to paint something I have never seen before. I don’t want to make what I’m looking at. I want the fragments.” This exhibition in St. Louis spans six decades of Kelly’s practice. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation/courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery