Ellsworth Kelly is among the world’s most important abstract artists with a career spanning more than six decades. His paintings, sculptures, and works on papers place an emphasis on pure form and color, suppressing gesture and creating spatial unity. According to Kelly, “My work demands your actual presence so that you can experience how the work—the color and the forms relate to everything in the space.”
Kelly’s work is in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou. He has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum and is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Medal of the Arts.
The artist is well represented in Texas with hundreds of works in public and private collections throughout the state, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection in Houston and a site-specific work at Dallas Symphony Hall.
Recently, the Blanton Museum of Art announced plans to construct Kelly’s Austin, a stone building with luminous stained glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black-and-white stone reliefs of Italian marble, all designed by the artist.
As part of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 2015, Ellsworth Kelly will receive the amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS in recognition of his continuous support of amfAR’s programs. The award presentation will take place during a brunch on Sunday, October 25, hosted by Amy Faulconer and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, and sponsored by U.S. Trust, at The Warehouse. TWO x TWO is honored to have Ellsworth Kelly as the featured artist of our 17th annual event. On behalf of amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art, we extend heartfelt thanks to Ellsworth, his studio, and to Matthew Marks, for their extraordinary support of this event.
Past TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art honorees include renowned artists Cecily Brown, Peter Doig, Tom Friedman, April Gornik, Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Jim Hodges, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Phillips, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Joel Shapiro, Luc Tuymans, and Christopher Wool.