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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Richard Hurowitz is publisher of The Octavian Report.