Detail View

Black
Date: 1964
Dimensions: sheet: 35 1/4 x 24 in. (89.5 x 61 cm) image: 25 3/4 x 19 in. (65.4 x 48.3 cm) mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Medium: lithograph
Credit Line: Bequest of Charlotte Collins from the Charles and Charlotte Collins Collection
Label Text: Ellsworth Kelly’s abstract works are minimalist distillations of forms and contours he observes in nature. Even after turning to abstract painting in 1949, he continued to sketch spare line-drawings that outlined the essential form of common subjects such as leaves, fruit, people, and architecture. This print demonstrates the limited use of just two strong colors and hard-edged forms typical of Kelly’s paintings. Like his contemporaries, Albers and Anuszkiewicz, Kelly experimented with color interactions by reprinting a form in different color combinations. This black-on-white form also exists in yellow-on-white within the Suite of Twenty-Seven Color Lithographs (1964-5), Kelly’s first published print series.
Object Number: 2009.35
Currently not on view