Ellsworth Kelly

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Hard edges? Hard-edge!

Ellsworth Kelly is one of the most significant and yet idiosyncratic representatives of American art after 1945, and one of the most important exponents of hard-edge painting. His works employ a very striking visual language. Their sharp-edged, monochrome forms float in front of the walls as sculptural bodies, changing their appearance according the angle they are viewed from. They taper to a point or seem to subtly stretch or swell, depending on their color. The wall thereby assumes the role of pictorial ground, of complementary form and intervening space. The hanging of the paintings recruits the wall as an accomplice, activating it and making it part of Ellsworth Kelly’s art. 

Since the 1950s Ellsworth Kelly has also worked intensively in sculpture. His White Curves (2001) was installed in the grounds of the Fondation Beyeler in 2002. With its single fold, the aluminum sculpture stands like a billowing sail in front of a magnificent group of mature trees. Its crisp silhouette cuts out a hole in nature, only to fill the gap with a different view of the gardens, now seen as a reflection upon the sculpture’s smooth white surface. Walking around White Curves, the viewer is astonished and inspired by its many different faces. The present volume is an ideal companion to a visit to the museum followed by a stroll through the park.

ANSICHTEN no. 7 takes an in-depth look at the artistic oeuvre of Ellsworth Kelly. Detailed descriptions, technical data, special features, background information, and questions of interpretation all fall within the scope of this booklet.The ANSICHTEN (‘VIEWS’) series has been created for art lovers and teachers. Packed with insights, the series allows you to explore the works in the Fondation Beyeler in greater depth. Each ANSICHTEN volume also contains a section specifically designed for art educators. This part of the book suggests ideas for practical exercises and experiments that can be performed in the museum, in the classroom or at home.The ANSICHTEN series published by the Fondation Beyeler is an enjoyable and entertaining way of deepening your knowledge of a work of art.

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Details The booklet comprises 24 pages and contains numerous full-color illustrations
Language Only available in German