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Go See: Ellsworth Kelly Paintings and Drawings at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, through April 11, 2009

March 18th, 2009


Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly “Diagonal” at Matthew Marks Gallery

American color-field painter Ellsworth Kelly is showing new paintings (circa 2007-2008) at Matthew Marks in Chelsea.  Since he first exhibited his work publicly more than 60 years ago, Kelly has had over 150 one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.  The “Diagonal” series is a collection of eight two-panel paintings consisting of a black or white rectangle overlaid with a contrasting canvas on top, extending beyond the perimeter of the one below.

Matthew Marks Gallery
Ellsworth Kelly Diagonal
522 West 22nd Street
February 6 – April 11, 2009

RELATED LINKS

Exhibition Page [Matthew Marks]
Good Form [New Yorker]
Will Corwin’s Top 10 Shows in New York [Saatchi Online]
Paintings that Converse with Antiquity [Wall Street Journal]
NYTCAP art tour [Flickr page: J-No]


Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly “Diagonal” at Matthew Marks Gallery


Ellsworth Kelly’s “Dark Blue Relief” (2008) at Matthew Marks Gallery.

Like much of Kelly’s past work, his shaped canvases are subtle in their perfection, and the artist’s application of paint is technical and decidedly non-painterly.  The current exhibition, while purely Kelly, references the oeuvre of his contemporaries: “Blue Green Black Red” from 2007 is a nod to Rothko’s horizontal color spectrums, while the vertical strips of “Green Black White” play on Barnett Newman’s zips of the 1950s.

The diagonal canvases evoke a simultaneous feeling of harmony and imbalance, starting out slowly and reaching a crescendo of color and proportion.  Wall Street Journal art critic Lance Esplund writes, “[Kelly's] balancing acts are well worth their ultimate impact, which hits like a hammer blow to the chest.”


Ellsworth Kelley opening at Matthew Marks via J-No Flickr


Ellsworth Kelly, “Blue Green Black Red” (2007), at Matthew Marks Gallery

Accompanying the main show of Kelly paintings at Matthew Marks is a smaller annex on West 24th street comprising colorful drawings and collage.  Will Corwin for Saatchi Online describes the body of works  as “cheerful” and a “welcome relief” from the usually austere Chelsea gallery offerings.  Overall, the new paintings and archival drawings form a complete picture of a bastion of the art world. As New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl sums up, “Most masters of modern art look a mite dated now. Not Kelly, who has proven to be as up to date as the Parthenon, advancing a classical balance, between eye and mind, which alerts the body and clarifies the soul.”


Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly “Diagonal” at Matthew Marks Gallery


Ellsworth Kelley opening at Matthew Marks via J-No Flickr


Ellsworth Kelly’s “Green Black White” (2007) at Matthew Marks Gallery


Lauren Hutton at the Ellsworth Kelly opening at Matthew Marks via J-No Flickr


Ellsworth Kelley opening at Matthew Marks via J-No Flickr


Ellsworth Kelly’s “Red Diagonal” (2007) at Matthew Marks Gallery


Ellsworth Kelley opening at Matthew Marks via J-No Flickr


Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly “Drawings 1954-1962″ at Matthew Marks Gallery


Ellsworth Kelley opening at Matthew Marks via J-No Flickr


Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly “Drawings 1954-1962″ at Matthew Marks Gallery

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