In this exhibition, Ellsworth Kelly will present Blue Panel (1999), a large, shaped canvas with five unequal sides which, when placed in the gallery, will appear as a voluptuous and monumental relief in saturated blue; a figure that transforms the wall of the gallery into its ground.
White Cube is pleased to present an exhibition of
acclaimed American painter Ellsworth Kelly. In this
exhibition, Kelly will present Blue Panel (1999), a large,
shaped canvas with five unequal sides which, when placed
in the gallery, will appear as a voluptuous and monumental
relief in saturated blue; a figure that transforms the wall of
the gallery into its ground.
Kelly's eye has always been drawn towards certain shapes, relationships and elements in the world. He says 'the things I'm interested in have always been there', yet at the same time they happen only once: 'it's nothing if it isn't about something you haven't seen before'. His concern is for specificity, and he is devoted to making his shapes both unique and real.
Kelly's painting makes visible the shape of things that might otherwise be invisible, while much has been made of how his shapes derive from things seen in the world: the curve of a Romanesque window, the shape under a bridge's arch or the gentle swell of a hill and the curved line of the horizon. But he has also made paintings with invented shapes and Yve-Alain Bois, in his essay, 'The Summons', suggests that what we should really be paying attention to is Kelly's particular way of seeing. He says 'it is a zooming process by which the artist appropriates some unnoticed area of the visual field. He makes a cut out of this area, evacuates it of its substance, lays it flat. Most often, the excerpt in question is interstitial. A part of the ground in our daily perception, it did not call attention to itself until Kelly picked it up. Isolating it, Kelly makes it the figure. A shape is born it suddenly exists because the rest has been edited out'. Kelly has said 'it's not so much what the work is, it's what it isn't.'
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