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Interview with an Artist: Ellsworth Kelly

You’re probably familiar with Ellsworth Kelly, but — just in case — here’s what Wikipedia has to say about him:

Ellsworth Kelly (born May 31, 1923) is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker associated with hard-edge painting, Color Field painting and the minimalist school. His works demonstrate unassuming techniques emphasizing simplicity of form, similar to the work of John McLaughlin and Kenneth Noland. Kelly often employs bright colors. He lives and works in Spencertown, New York.

They don’t mention it, but some people regard him as one of the greatest living artists. So, I thought hearing what he had to say about himself and his art might be appropriate. Besides it’s Friday and wouldn’t you rather learn more about Ellsworth Kelly than tidy up your expense report?

The first video is an interview with Kelly at the Basel art show. Second, is the curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Detroit Institute of Arts¬† talking a bit about Kelly’s art at an exhibit there.¬† And, finally, a quick video in which Kelly takes you to his old neighborhood in Paris and reveals one particular inspiration for some of his art. (After you watch the video, ask yourself if you would you have thought twice about it.)





So, what do you think of Ellsworth Kelly?

I’ve always liked Kelly, and it’s fine to hear what everyone has to say about his work, but I have to admit that it was fun to hear what he had to say about it.

If you were unfamiliar with Kelly or didn’t really care for his work, I hope this post has given you something to think about. After all, you’ve got the whole weekend to think, right?