Honoring Ellsworth Kelly

Kelly with Lindsay and Henry Ellenbogen

Ellsworth Kelly, Lindsay Ellenbogen, and Henry Ellenbogen at The Phillips Collection in 2013. Photo: Ben Droz

The Phillips was so honored to have worked with Ellsworth in 2013 presenting an exhibition of panel paintings from 2004 through 2009. It was wonderful to have had the opportunity to hear his ideas, have his guidance, to share time with him and Jack in DC and in Spencertown. I was re-reading curator Vesela Sretenović’s interview with him for the exhibition catalogue. One phrase captures my attention especially:

Vesela Sretenović:  In my first visit to your studio you said “ Freedom and democracy—that is what my work is about.” Can you elaborate on this passionate statement?
Ellsworth Kelly: I have always felt I wanted to create work that celebrates freedom and one’s own space.

He and his work embody a sheer joy in life.

EK installation 2_Lee Stalsworth

Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly’s 2013 exhibition at The Phillips Collection. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

EK installation 1_Lee Stalsworth

Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly’s 2013 exhibition at The Phillips Collection. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Untitled.EK 927_Lee Stalsworth

Ellsworth Kelly, Untitled (EK 927), 2005. Bronze overall: 117 in x 63 3/16 in x 1 in. Commissioned in honor of Alice and Pamela Creighton, beloved daughters of Margaret Stuart Hunter, 2006. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

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