Ellsworth Kelly, the Last Modernist

Ellsworth Kelly, who passed away in December, took the great modernist traditions of Europe and made them his own. His vision, technical mastery, and boundlessly fertile imagination produced a body of work that bears from its very beginning the marks of a true artist’s style and continues to delight and amaze its viewers. He stands as a supremely substantive figure in an era of aesthetic posturing and careerism.

The art world lost a titan when Ellsworth Kelly passed away in the waning days of December. In many ways, the twilight of his long career marks the end of another era. Kelly’s long-time partner Jack Shear once said to me that …

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