In L.A.: Ellsworth Kelly @ Matthew Marks Gallery

January 20, 2012



Matthew Marks new location in Los Angeles opened last night with an exciting exhibit of new paintings by legendary artist, Ellsworth Kelly. We stopped by the opening reception; and it should be noted this is a stunning exhibition to go along with the new space. We’re definitely excited to see what Matthew Marks has in store for Los Angeles.



Ellsworth Kelly: Los Angeles includes six new two-panel paintings, all of which are being exhibited here for the first time. The paintings are each made from a single shaped canvas featuring a dramatic curve carefully painted with many coats of a bright color (blue, green, yellow, orange, etc). These curved panels are attached to a rectangular canvas painted in a contrasting color.


Also on view are a group of 1952-54 collages Kelly made in Paris as a young man, including Study for Black and White Panels, and a 1966 painting Black Over White. These works are the inspiration for Kelly’s monumental sculpture installed on the façade of the building. Among his largest works, Kelly’s new Los Angeles sculpture is the first to incorporate the building’s architecture into his own work. In one succinct gesture, the entire façade has become part of his sculpture.


Following are a few images from the opening reception.


-Amy Duran
























Ellsworth Kelly

Matthew Marks Gallery Los Angeles

Through April 7, 2012