Ellsworth Kelly, Red Curve in Relief 2009, oil on canvas, two joined panels. 78 x 58 x 2 5/8".


Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres/Ellsworth Kelly

French Academy of Rome, Villa Medici
Viale della Trinità dei Monti, 1
June 22–September 26

Curated by Eric de Chassey

An exhibition bringing together Neoclassical paragon Jean-Auguste- Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) and modernist master Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923)? Sounds like a reach, but then consider that both artists are epicures of the curve, whether an odalisque’s back or the curve qua curve. Conceived by Éric de Chassey for the Villa Medici— where Ingres was a pensionnaire from 1806 to 1810 and director from 1835 to 1841—the installation is designed in collaboration with Kelly and features six of the living artist’s recent monumental reliefs juxtaposed with resonant portraits by Ingres culled from three major French collections. From this grand vista, one moves on to an alternating selection of each artist’s drawings. The catalogue, in English, French, and Italian, includes essays by the curator and Carter Foster.