The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, April 24, 2014


Norton Simon Announces Exhibition of Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly, (American, b. 1923), "Magnolia", 1965–66. Transfer lithograph on Rives BFK paper, (61.6 x 88.3 cm) 24-1/4 x 34-3/4 inches. Artist’s Proof, 1 of 10; Edition of 75. Printed at Imprimerie Arte, Paris. Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist, 1969. P.1969.058 ©Ellsworth Kelly.
PASADENA, CA.- The Norton Simon Museum presents an exhibition of twenty lithographs of botanical subjects by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923) on view from April 23, 2010 through August 23, 2010. Though Kelly is best known for his large-scale, color field paintings, Plants, Flowers and Fruits showcases his equally compelling efforts in the print medium. Executed on paper like a drawing and then transferred to a lithography stone, these prints present simple black lines that delineate pears, cyclamen and magnolia petals, among other subjects. All of the specimens have been enlarged to allow for close scrutiny, but the artist has depicted them without any distracting scientific details. Part botanical renderings, part abstract drawings, Kelly’s simplified, confident depictions of plants reflect how strongly the artist’s minimalism is rooted in the natural world.

Kelly’s first forays into abstraction stemmed from a deeply considered examination of the natural and built environments in which he lived. Architectural features such as doorways and windowpanes were simplified by the artist into a minimal number of lines, squares and arches. Likewise, leaves, stems and petals provided inspiration, and alongside his early trials in abstraction, Kelly continued to make drawings from nature. While growing up in New Jersey, he focused on the flora that proliferated not far from the metropolis in which his abstract works would one day change the course of art. The endless array of curls, curves and angles he found in foliate forms spurred this lifelong interest.

Kelly’s earliest drawings on the subject date to his high school years. He later recalled of them, “The drawings from plant life seem to be the bridge to the way of seeing that brought about the paintings in 1949 that are the basis for all of my later work.” Kelly’s initial series of 28 transfer lithographs, entitled “Suite of Plant Lithographs” (1964–66), marked the beginning of a corpus that would grow to 72 prints and countless drawings of foliage. Paradoxically, these works also fueled his most minimal artistic experiments. At the time that he executed this first series of prints, for example, he was working on his first series of abstract prints, employing the vibrant colors and geometric shapes that would eventually define his career.

Plants, Flowers and Fruits: Ellsworth Kelly Lithographs is organized by Leah Lehmbeck, Assistant Curator at the Norton Simon Museum.

The Norton Simon Museum | Ellsworth Kelly | Litographs |


Today's News

January 15, 2010

Essential Impressionist Works of Art from the Musée d'Orsay Arrive in Madrid

Large-Scale Aluminum Reliefs by Frank Stella at L&M Arts

Picasso Show Marks Kunsthaus Zurich's 100th Birthday

Gagosian Opens First Exhibition Dedicated Exclusively to Philip Taaffe's Graphic Work

Jordan's Tourism Minister Wants Dead Sea Scrolls Back from Israel

Marc Porter Appointed Chairman of Christie's Americas

David Carlson and Michael Dotson at Lawrence Asher Gallery

First Major Presentation for Christopher Williams in Scandinavia

Getty Adviser, Bernard Ashmole, Concerned Statue was Looted

Italian Authorities Recover Euro165 Million in Stolen Art, Relics

Hunt for Bird Mummy in Connecticut Comes Up Empty

Carl Solway Gallery Presents Two Shows by Jay Bolotin & Jerry Uelsmann

Experts Restored Part of Venice's Gothic Palazzo Ducale

Guggenheim Foundation Announces Appointments for the Abu Dhabi Project

New Mexico Museum of Art Unveils Recently Donated Works

Famous Street Sign Among Lots in Annual Gentleman's Library Sale

Program and Special Events Announced for FotoFest 2010 Biennial

Painters of Utah's Red Rock on View at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Norton Simon Announces Exhibition of Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly

Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA to Present the 39th Annual "New Directors/New Films"

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Newly discovered Imperial Fabergé Easter egg: A critical note from a Fabergé collector

2.- Tate opens most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Matisse's paper cut-outs

3.- First North American survey of the work of Ai Weiwei opens at Brooklyn Museum

4.- The importance of sky studies in landscape art is the subject of the first exhibition in a new Morgan series

5.- Beautiful Bentleys and a 'Rambo Lambo' amongst highlights for sale at Bonhams

6.- Retrospective is the first to encompass Sigmar Polke's works across all mediums

7.- Exhibition presents 100 top-class masterpieces from the collection of the Albertina

8.- Lost treasure found after almost 100 years: Wartski exhibits missing Fabergé egg

9.- Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquires a rare 16th century "Book of Friends"

10.- Exhibition of masterpieces from the Austrian Habsburg dynasty brings imperial splendor to the U.S.

Related Stories



The Norton Simon Museum Presents an Artwork by John Cage

Norton Simon Museum to Present Raphael's The Small Cowper Madonna

Exhibition of Portrait Prints by Rembrandt Opens at the Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Announces The Familiar Face: Portrait Prints by Rembrandt



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site