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Artist: Ellsworth Kelly (1923 - )
Nationality: American
Movement: Minimalism
Media: Painting, Sculpture
Influences:

Biography:
Ellsworth Kelly was leading artist in the Hard Edge movement, a reaction against the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1950’s. His paintings are very concise and simple, often consisting of several panels, each of a different color. Kelly was also one of the first artists to use a shaped canvas. In addition to painting, he worked as a printmaker and as a sculptor.


Artworks in Museum Collections: (60)
Click the artwork titles below to see actual examples of artwork or works of art relevant to works by Ellsworth Kelly.

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Blue (for Leo), Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1997, Serigraph on Somerset Velvet paper on Coventry Rag Vellum paper
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Ellsworth Kelly Untitled Screenprint 1964
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Cupecoy, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1984, Lithograph
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Oak VII, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1992, One-color lithograph
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Oak, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1992, One-color lithograph
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Oak II, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1992, One-color lithograph
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Oak III, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1992, One-color lithograph
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Oak IV, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1992, One-color lithograph
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Oak V, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1992, One-color lithograph
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Oak VI, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1992, One-color lithograph
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Red, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2001, One color lithograph
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Curve XV, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1975, Cor Ten steel
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EK, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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Untitled, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1998, Lithograph
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Black, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2001, One color lithograph
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Purple, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2001, One color lithograph
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Orange, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2001, One color lithograph
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Green, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2001, One color lithograph
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Blue, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2001, One color lithograph
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Red Curve, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1999, One color lithograph
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Jack II, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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Jack III, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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Jack I, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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EK/Spectrum II, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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EK/Green, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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Jack/Red, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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EK/Spectrum I, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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Untitled, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1996, One-color lithograph
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Leaves, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1997, One-color lithograph
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Untitled, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1996, One-color lithograph
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Blue Curve III, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1972, Oil on canvas
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Blue on Blue, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1963, Painted aluminum
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Blue Curve, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1999, One color lithograph
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Red/Yellow/Blue, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2000, Three color lithograph
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White Curve, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1998, One color lithograph
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Purple Curve, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2000, One color lithograph
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Red/Yellow/Blue, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1999, Three color lithograph
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Dark Blue, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2001, One color lithograph
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Two Blacks and White, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2000, One color lithograph
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Jack/Gray, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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Jack/Spectrum, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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Jack/Blue, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph
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St. Martin Tropical Plant, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1981, Lithograph
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Red Curve (for Joel), Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1993, One-color lithograph
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Blue/Yellow/Red, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1990-1992, Three-color lithograph
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Red Curve (Black State), Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2000, One color lithograph
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Blue/Black/Red/Green, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2001, Four color lithograph
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Purple/Red/Grey/Orange, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988, Color lithograph
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EK/Spectrum III, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1988-1989, Lithograph on Arches 88 paper
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White Sculpture II, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 1968, Painted 1/2 inch aluminum
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Diptych: Dark Blue/Dark Green, Ellsworth Kelly (United States, New York, Newburgh, born 1923-05-31) , 2001, Two color lithograph
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Ellsworth Kelly - Blue Red 1964 oil on canvas The Detroit Institute of Art American
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Ellsworth Kelly - Red White 1961 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum American
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Ellsworth Kelly - Untitled 1988 bronze National Gallery of Art American
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Ellsworth Kelly - Tiger 1953 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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Ellsworth Kelly - Jersey 1958 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum American
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Ellsworth Kelly - Untitled 1973 silkscreen The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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Ellsworth Kelly - Stele II 1973 one-inch weathering National Gallery of Art American
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Ellsworth Kelly - Red-Orange 1980 Oil on Canvas The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles American
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Ellsworth Kelly - Untitled 1986 stainless steel Hirshhorn Museum American

Artnews Articles and Exhibition Information: (40)
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The High Museum: Ellsworth Kelly: The Early Drawings
This experimental period is featured in the exhibition Ellsworth Kelly: The Early Drawings, 1948-1955. The exhibition includes approximately two hundred drawings and collages–many of which have never been exhibited before–that present ins...

Sei Divino: Kelly Borsheim : Light from Darkness
From Kelly Borsheim's artist statement, "Faith can be a fragile strength. Or, at least, vulnerable. "I have felt abandoned by friends and disrespected by others who did not know me well enough to know that I was never a threat to them. The...

Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania: Jerry DiFalco
Jerry Di Falco, Philadelphia writer and artist, has exhibited extensively in both solo and group shows over the last twenty-seven years. Crossing genres and styles, and working in oil, watercolor and acrylic mediums, his works are represented i...

Delaware Art Museum: Ellsworth Kelly: Five Decades of Line, Form and Color
The exhibition reveals the development, themes, variations, unfolding logic and intuitive leaps of Kelly's career over almost 50 years. The Delaware A...

Cleveland Museum of Art: Kelly McLane: My Blue-Green Algae
Los Angeles-based Kelly McLane (born 1968) is fascinated by the ambivalence of nature, a system both logical in its structure and capricious in its force. For some years, she has explored the tension between nature and culture, questioning how one...

The Art Institute of Chicago: Ellsworth Kelly: The Early Drawings. 1948-1955
While studying in Boston and subsequently Paris, Kelly was influenced by the architectural profiles and cast shadows of buildings, arches, and bridges. De-emphasi...

ArtSpace: The Neddy Project: Ty Moore
The other Ned Kelly the famous masked outlaw from Victoria. Moore presents an epic ten-channel video cycle depicting abstracted moments of each Neddy's life. There are drawn out hand shakes at the tops of car parks, extended gun battles on cliff...

Arkansas Arts Center, Decorative Arts Museum: 47th Annual Delta Exhibition: Works by Southern Artists
Featured in this exhibition is "Self Improvement" by Kelly Moore. Kelly Moore is a Self Taught Artist who has no formal training or education in art. His Original, Expressive work has been  referred to as Outsider Art, Art Brut, Raw Art and Vi...

24 HR Art - Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art: Eco Boutique: Installation and Sculpture by Josie Cavallaro, Lisa Kelly, Sarah Goffman
The artists, who have never been to the Northern Territory, are interested in possible parallels between popular representations of the NT and their own urban environment.  Most of the work in the show could loosely be described as assemblage, pos...

Kunstmuseum, Bonn: ELLSWORTH KELLY: The Early Drawings 1948-1955
The basis for his artistic production, which ensured his later reputation, was laid down during his 7-year stay ...

Ico Gallery: The Rythmic Figure : A Group Exhibition
Curator Robert Berry comments,"The artists in “The Rhythmic Figure” continue the tradition of representing the human form, and have a common interest in studying the natural rhythm that occurs in bodily movement. The conception is to show how cont...

Canadian Conference of the Arts: Call for Nominations: Two National Arts Awards
The Diplôme d'honneur for outstanding contributions to the arts in Canada. Presented annually to a Canadian who has made a sustained contribution to the cultural life of the country, whether through volunteer activity, mentoring, patronage, ind...

City Gallery Wellington: Australian Art Series: Exhibitions Featuring Sir Sidney Nolan, Tracey Moffatt and Mikala Dwyer
Sidney Nolans Ned Kelly Series - Paintings from the National Gallery of Australia features the most enduring and instantly recognisable images ever painted of Australias famous outlaw. The series was painted when Sidney Nolan was himself an out...

Museum of Contemporary Art, LA: Selections from the Permanent Collection: 1960-2000
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Raw Arts Festival: Second Annual Raw Arts Festival Opens Today
The festival has succeeded in bringing together many different people from vastly different backgrounds and cultures e.g. adults with autism, artists with epilepsy, artists from different ethnograthic groups, homeless artists, artists with mental ...

Whitney Museum of Art: The Draftsman's Colors: Fourteen New Acquisitions from Johns to Chong
The artists' avoidance of strong color allows the viewer to concentrate on their pure draftsmanship. Included are drawings in various ...

Virginia Historical Society: Our Times: a Virginia Century
The multiple choice questionnaire, which was developed by the Virginia Historical Society and published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and other Media General newspapers, allowed readers to select or write their own answers in twenty-...

Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington: Art At The Millenium: Part II
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: Art Dealer Monolith Leo Castelli Dies at 91
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June Kelly Gallery: Sky Pape: Drawing Breath
For Pape, drawing is the core of any art, and her innovative approach displays both experimentation and expressiveness. Pape employs the line as an isolated gesture with an almost independent presence. She then integrates her lines and cutouts w...

Museum of New Art: SHOOT! Interactive Photography Exhibition Launches Saturday
In the end, the audience will have become the exhibition. Due to the nature of the show, there will be two receptions: the first will kick-off the photo shoot on Saturday May 11 from 6 to 10pm; and the second, the closing reception, on ...

Australian Center for Photography: Photo Technica Award

The Photo Technica exhibition and award is now firmly established as the pre-eminent platform for new photographic talent in Australia. The exhibition of finalists‚ work offers a unique indicator of current trends and sensibilities in Australia...
Mobile Museum of Art: Southeastern Juried Exhibition - 2004
Selected for the exhibition is a work by Premiere Portfolio Artist Kelly Moore. "Sailing" is a painting in acrylic. From the artist's statement: "The making of art is a mesh of a spiritual quest, a fascination with color and texture and exploring ...

Real Art Ways: Container: New Canadian Wave of Minimalism
Container showcases Canada’s best-known conceptual artists, all of whom have content and the problem of content as a central theme running through their work. Conceptual and minimalist art were movements in 20th-century art that relied, in part...

Project Gallery: Communism: A Group Show
The first exhibition will include a poster and mail art project by Aleksandra Mir (New York), an installation and mural by Klaus Weber (Berlin), a large scale fabric intervention by Eva Berandes (Berlin), an amateur (workers) choir formed by Facto...

Ottawa Art Gallery: Optical Verve: Recent Works by Canadian, American, European and Asian Artists
The contemporary artworks featured in the exhibition foreground the implications of digital imaging and its reconfiguration of the city. In many works, this is expressed through the blurring of boundaries between bodies, architecture and space, a...

Art Gallery of Ontario: Provisional Worlds: Expendables Surrounding Us
Through the skilful, yet playful, use of provisional commodities, ranging from plastic bottles and record sleeves, to Styrofoam, bar codes and B movies, these artists raise questions about what everyone sees and consumes. “This exhibition i...

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Jackson Pollock, Robert Frank, and the New American Vision: Drawings and Photographs from the Fo
In photography, Harry Callahan, Nathan Lyons, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White followed diverse paths in the pursuit of abstraction. ...

Oakville Galleries: Fuzzy at Centennial Square
Fuzzy explores the loving and playful exchanges between artists and their pets. The artists have in common an emotional engagement with their pets and view them as equal and loving participants in a cooperative dynamic to explore issues of identit...

Aron Packer Gallery: Bill Gross: Monochrome
These smart, playful works derive from Gross’s preoccupation with the coexistence of abstract and representational art. While his compositions have identifiable elements, such as text from a meat packing company’s sign, the influence of mid-cen...

Without Pier Gallery: Vineyards: Gregory Alexander, Nicola Moss, Marc Rambeau, Lucy Webster, Annee Kelly, Ross Wilsmore
Artwork represents style that could be referred to as modern realism with a touch of quiet self-reflection and romantic view of the subject matter. There are landscapes, still life and figurative compositions at the show. Colour pallets, no doubt,...

Forest Lawn Museum: Positive/Negatives: The Unity of Film
Amazing moments in political history are captured, the lives of forgotten people become stories of dignity and courage, daily scenes in Mexico are seen with new eyes, and the beauty of light and human form meld together. Photography becomes so muc...

Bishop's University Art Gallery: Beyond Words: Gilbert Boyer, Ruth Cuthand & Elizabeth MacKenzie, Paul de Guzman, Nelson Henricks, Kelly Mark. Nadia Myre, Sylvia Ptak, Rober Racine
Some artists utilize language to impart a social or political message. Native Canadian Nadia Myre has hidden every single letter on the 56 pages of the Indian act, a document which she detests, behind a white bead. The remainder of each sheet is ...

Presentation House Gallery: David Rokeby - 2001
In 2001, Rokeby will show the most recent version of Giver of Names in which the computer identifies and describes objects put before it - a kind of Mike Kelly meets R2D2 performance involving the assistance of the viewer. The exhibition will also...

ASU Art Museum: nooks and crannies: Installations in Non-Traditional Settings
Artists include: Julia Alexander, Matt Baker, Jill Betterly, Ryan Breen, Jeremy Briddell, Colin Chillag, Cyndi Coon, CUP (Helene Renard and Terry Surjan), Angela Ellsworth, Jon Haddock, Tara Kozuback, Sloane McFarland, Ryan McNamara, Jill McV...

Jancar Jones Gallery: Sean Talley
The pieces impart a quiet potential, an action that is not physically present but addresses the objecthood of each form. As in his rectangular forms, with one corner cut off, Talley‚s choice to remove one corner as opposed to another comes to sig...

Frick Collection: The Art of Timekeeper: Masterpieces from The Winthrop Edey Bequest

Ranging in date from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, arguably the most remarkable period in the history of timekeeping, they reveal the breadth of Edey’s passion for collecting.

They also illustrate several significant techni...
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: New Web Project Brings Museums into Classrooms
'Students can now visit more than 1200 museums, galleries, libraries, zoos and botanic gardens across the country, through their school computers,' Mr McGauran said. 'Discovernet provides a number of web-based education...

Woman Made Gallery: Autobiographies: Juried by Mary K. O'Shaughnessy

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Art at Midcentury: Spotlight on the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The exhibition opens with art by European and Latin American artists such as Max Ernst and Matta, whose work was to play a defining role in shaping the New Yor...

Further Artwork and Information:

Ellsworth Kelly Online
Guggenheim Collection - Artist - Kelly
Guggenheim Collection - Artist - Kelly - Biography
Ellsworth Kelly artist portrait, brief biography and art
HighBeam Research: Library Search: Results
Ellsworth Kelly (1624 - 1687) Biography, Artwork Images, Exhibitions, Reviews
Guest editorial
SFMOMA | Exhibitions | Exhibition Overview: Ellsworth Kelly in San Francisco
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