76 Ellsworth Kelly Works Gifted to the Blanton

by Glasstire June 4, 2019
Ellsworth Kelly's Austin

Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin

Seventy-six works of art by Ellsworth Kelly have been gifted to the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin. Sixty-seven of the works are gifts from Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear; the remaining works come from Douglas S. Cramer, Jan and Howard Hendler, Jeanne and Michael Klein, and David G. Booth.

Since opening in 2018 on the UT Austin campus, Kelly’s freestanding Austin is a major art destination, attracting more than 171,000 people in its first year.

Amongst the new works gifted to the museum are paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints spanning Kelly’s career. Especially significant is the architectural model of the Austin project’s original design from 1986.

“Since Austin’s opening in February 2018, the Blanton has been the epicenter of the Ellsworth Kelly universe,” states Jack Shear, president of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and the late Kelly’s husband.

Other highlights from the gift include a series of plant drawings from Martha’s Vineyard, and several sculptures and large paintings such as: Red, Green, Blue (1964); Grey Panel (1982); and Dark-Red Violet Panel (1982); Painted Wall Sculptures (1981–82); and Red Relief with White (2007).

The Blanton has launched an eight-part video series that traces the development and evolution of the Austin project. The museum will also host a series of talks on Kelly’s practice. The next two are:

Kelly and Postcards: Friday, June 14 at noon. Tricia Paik, Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, will speak about Kelly’s postcard collages.

Kelly and Shadows: Friday, September 13 at noon. Roberta Bernstein, art historian, will explore how the contrasts of light and shadow in Ellsworth Kelly’s photographs relate to shapes used in his paintings and sculptures.

Kelly & Stamps: Friday, November 8 atnoon. The Blanton’s Veronica Roberts will speak in conversation with Derry Noyes, Artistic Director for the United States Postal Service about her design of the 2019 Ellsworth Kelly stamps and thirty years of experience designing art stamps

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