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Ellsworth Kelly, Two Curves for Floor, 2011, acrylic on canvas on wood. Installation view, 2012. Photo: Wilfried Petzi.

Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly, Two Curves for Floor, 2011, acrylic on canvas on wood. Installation view, 2012. Photo: Wilfried Petzi.

THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, Ellsworth Kelly has continually worked in black and white, often in parallel to making the same forms in color. Devoted exclusively to his black-and-white works, this show, subtitled “Schwarz & Weiß” (Black & White), may have seemed intended to emphasize an elimination of the artist-subject in Kelly’s work. (The curator, Ulrich Wilmes, speaks of “eschewing the subjective, emotional weight resulting from the use of color.”) Yet the exhibition left no doubt that black and white can also create a sense of subjective, psychological space; and the inclusion of seventeen of the artist’s photographs highlighted the ramifications of Kelly’s using details from nature or parts of buildings as sources for his painterly and sculptural forms.

Relying on Yve-Alain Bois’s landmark analysis of Kelly’s work, Wilmes writes in his catalogue essay that the artist’s “visual method

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