New York

Ellsworth Kelly

Leo Castelli Graphics

Ellsworth Kelly has never been a hard-core hard-edge painter. He has never accepted the square and the 90-degree angle as god-given. His color, never reduced to a set of primaries, has always been luscious and natural, prismatic without being systematic. Taken as a whole, his work sacrifices logic and rationality for a chance to bend a line, curve space, and charge color with worldly reference. His handsome canvases have never succumbed to intellectual pretense or justification for communication, and formal explanations have always seemed way off mark. Kelly doesn’t map out an itinerary beforehand; he brings a crispness to spontaneity. His works’ visual richness doesn’t derive its beauty from esthetic values dealt out like a hand of cards; it is continually being reinvented.

Kelly’s Colored Paper Images were created by applying layers of colored pulp into molds which lay on wet sheets of

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