Ellsworth Kelly (I) (1923–2015)

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Ellsworth Kelly was born on May 31, 1923 in Newburgh, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Extreme Homes (2012), American Art in the 1960s (1972) and Frank Gehry: An Architecture of Joy (2000). He was married to Jack Shear. He died on December 27, 2015 in Spencertown, New York. See full bio »

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 2012 Extreme Homes (TV Series documentary) (archive source - 1 episode)
- Bubbles, Bottles, Bookcases (2012) ... (archive source)
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 2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (acknowledgment: copyright owner, 'Red Blue Green' 1963, 'Red/Blue (Untitled - ' 1964, 'Dark Blue And Red' 1964-65))
 2006 Who Gets to Call It Art? (Documentary) (special thanks)
 1997 The Ice Storm (special thanks: art contributions)
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 2009 The 2009 Whitney Museum Gala (TV Special)
 2006 Who Gets to Call It Art? (Documentary)
 2000 Frank Gehry: An Architecture of Joy (Documentary)
 1972 American Art in the 1960s (Documentary)

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I think what we all want from art is a sense of fixity, a sense of opposing the chaos of daily living. This is an illusion, of course. What I've tried to capture is the reality of flux, to keep art an open, incomplete situation, to get at the rapture of seeing. See more »


Ten of his paintings are pictured on a set of 10 USA nondnominated commemorative post stamps issued 31 May 2019. The featured works are Yellow White (1961), Colors for a Large Wall (1951), Blue Red Rocker (1963), Spectrum I (1953), South Ferry (1956), Blue Green (1962), Orange Red Relief (for Delphine Seyrig) (1990), Meschers (1951), Red Blue (1964), and Gaza (1956). See more »


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