To mark the centennial of American artist Ellsworth Kelly, Glenstone Museum will present Ellsworth Kelly at 100, a major survey of the artist’s work charting his career and contributions to American abstraction. Kelly frequently revisited shapes and motifs he observed from his own lived experience throughout his seven-decade career, exploring form, colour, line, and space through painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, and photography.
The exhibition will travel to Paris, France, where Kelly developed some of his most radical ideas as a young artist, to be displayed at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the spring of 2024, in a presentation unique to the Frank Gehry designed museum. In the fall of 2024, the presentation will open at the Fire Station in Doha, Qatar, marking the first presentation of the artist’s work in the region.
Works on view will span the wide range of media in which the artist worked, from painting and sculpture to works on paper, collage, and photography. A selection of the plant drawings Kelly created throughout his career will feature prominently, alongside a selection of rarely exhibited photographs.