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The Beauty of Ellsworth Kelly

The artists work is explored at Matthew Marks Gallery.


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

Who: Drew Shiflett: Paper and Canvas – Constructed Drawings

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

Who: Ellsworth Kelly: Last Paintings and Plant Drawings

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

Who: Painting the Visible World: American Women Realists

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

Who: John Baldessari: Paintings 1966-68

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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