Beauty and lyricism are not confined to sound and movement, they can also be found in drawing, painting and sculpture. Art Break’s Chelsea pick of Ellsworth Kelly is a shining example of this due to the nuances of his color combinations, shaped canvases, and line drawings which all express the classical ideal of beauty within form. By studying the double show of this major American artist, you’ll see how abstract art can match anything from the past for sheer visual pleasure. And all this is free, as is every listing below.
Art Break Downtown:
Where: Lesley Heller Workspace, 54 Orchard Street
When: Now through June 30, Wed – Sat: 11-6, Sun: 12-6
What: Drawings that move between layers of paper and canvas
Why: Complex post-minimalism ideas that leaps from two to three dimensions
Art Break Chelsea:
Where: Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street and 526 West 22nd Street
When: Now through June 24, Tues-Sat: 10-6
What: Works completed before the artist’s death in 2015
Why: Elegant simplicity of line and form
Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):
Where: Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, 37 West 57th Street, 3rd Floor
When: Now through July 15; June hours: Tue – Sat: 10-5:30, July hours: Tue – Fri: 10-5
What: A radical (for its time) art movement that American artists embraced as their own
Why: See this before going to MoMa’s show of female postwar abstract artists to understand how these women broke new artistic ground for future generations
Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):
Where: Craig F. Starr Gallery, 5 East 73rd Street
When: Now through June 17, Mon-Fri: 11-5
What: Early examples of the artist’s work in the Conceptual Art movement
Why: The dialogue between artist and viewer is still the same as it was 50 plus years ago
Cover: Ellsworth Kelly: ‘Spectrum IX’ (2014); Acrylic on canvas, twelve joined panels; 107 3/4 x 96 inches / 274 x 244 cm; © Ellsworth Kelly, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.
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