Ellsworth Kelly 'Red' 2001 with Human Form, Kul tribe, Chad
Ellsworth Kelly is without question one of the most singular and influential American artists of the 20th century and he is still making art at the height of his powers. Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York in 1923 and came to international prominence in the 1950s with his unmistakable form of minimal abstraction.
On the face of it Kelly's work looks very simple - coloured shapes standing alone or butted together in precise but irregular forms - yet these strange objects have a disconcertingly complex presence with the power to subtly alter the space that they inhabit and simultaneously seduce and confuse the eye. Since 1970, Kelly's work as a painter/sculptor has been complemented by his activities in printmaking, always working with the Gemini Gel studio in San Francisco. We are delighted to be working with Gemini Gel to present this show of recent prints, the first ever exhibition of Kelly's work in Scotland.
Alongside Kelly's ostensibly simple shapes we will be promoting an Ellsworthian way of looking at the world view by exhibiting C.18th and C.19th tribal oddities from West Africa: flat forms fashioned from base metals which were once used as daily currency, but which have with time acquired the presence and power of the best sort of simple sculpture.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 29th January but it is possible to view images and installation shots on our website now under 'current exhibition'.
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