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

Ellsworth Kelly: Forms and Colours, 1949–2015

Ellsworth Kelly, photographed by Gianfranco Gorgoni with Yellow with Red Triangle, 1973.

8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France

“I don’t want to paint people,” said Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015). “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.” The American artist was born in 1923, in Newburgh, New York. He fought in W.W. II, and in 1946 enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, followed by study in Paris. Kelly settled there in 1948 and quickly connected with fellow Americans John Cage and Merce Cunningham; he also met Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, and Francis Picabia. Kelly remained in Paris until 1953, when he was evicted from his apartment and went back to America. In New York, he began a turbulent love affair with Robert Indiana, who inspired him to start working with sculpture in aluminum and bronze. After their breakup, in 1964, Kelly began a relationship with Jack Shear and settled in Spencertown, New York. This exhibition celebrates the centenary of Kelly’s birth with works from across his career. —Elena Clavarino