Ellsworth Kelly at Gemini: An Exploration of Color

September 6, 2023December 16, 2023

This exhibition celebrates the centennial of Ellsworth Kelly, acclaimed painter, sculptor and masterful printmaker. Kelly began collaborating with the Los Angeles based print publisher Gemini G.E.L. in 1970, and in 44 years he created over 300 prints and editioned sculptures with Gemini. Through his work, Kelly taught his audience how to look, how to really look, to see things in daily existence that are often overlooked or unobserved — the shapes and colors of natural and manmade things that are a part of everyday life.

Ellsworth Kelly at Gemini: An Exploration of Color examines the finesse and subtlety with which Kelly used his Gemini collaborations to explore single-color variations. The exhibition is inspired by the observation of Kelly in the Gemini artist studio by Gemini co-founder Sidney Felsen:
Ellsworth stood in the lithography studio, motionless, staring at a wall of 12 or 15 yellow “draw-downs,” which are pure ink samples, straight out of the can. This must have gone on for nearly 15 to 20 minutes. Finally, he walked away and I asked, “Ellsworth, what was that all about?” Ellsworth said without hesitation, “Well, there’s a thousand yellows and I want to be sure I’ve chosen the right one.”


If Kelly was obsessed with choosing the right yellow, that same process undoubtedly applied to his other color selections. This centennial exhibition considers where the emphasis in Kelly’s single-color printmaking endeavors is found — namely in red, yellow, blue and green. The works on view compare and contrast the variations in these colors in a variety of formal presentations.

Ellsworth Kelly, Red, 2001
Ellsworth Kelly
EK01-1471
Ellsworth Kelly, Untitled (Red), 2005
Ellsworth Kelly
EK04-1525
Ellsworth Kelly, Red Curve (State II), 1988
Ellsworth Kelly
EK87-1167B
Ellsworth Kelly, Yellow Curve, 1988
Ellsworth Kelly
EK88-1177
Ellsworth Kelly, Yellow, 1975
Ellsworth Kelly
EK73-645
Ellsworth Kelly, Yellow, 2004
Ellsworth Kelly
EK04-1506
Ellsworth Kelly, Two Yellows, 1975
Ellsworth Kelly
EK73-646
Ellsworth Kelly, Blue/Red-Orange, 1970
Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly, Yellow/Red-Orange, 1970
Ellsworth Kelly
EK70-340
Ellsworth Kelly, Small Blue Curve, 2012
Ellsworth Kelly
EK12-1615
Ellsworth Kelly, EK/Green, 1990
Ellsworth Kelly
EK88-1189
Ellsworth Kelly, Green Curve, 2002
Ellsworth Kelly
EK02-1497
Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly
EK12-1610
Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly
EK12-1609
Ellsworth Kelly, Yellow Curves, 2013
Ellsworth Kelly
EK12-1613
Ellsworth Kelly, Blue Curves, 2013
Ellsworth Kelly
EK12-1611
Ellsworth Kelly, Blue, 2001
Ellsworth Kelly
EK01-1477
Ellsworth Kelly, Four Panels, 1971
Ellsworth Kelly
EK71-5001
Ellsworth Kelly, Blue/Black/Red/Green, 2001
Ellsworth Kelly
EK00-1462
Ellsworth Kelly, Green Curve, 1988
Ellsworth Kelly
EK87-1169
Ellsworth Kelly, Green/White, 1972
Ellsworth Kelly
EK71-338
Ellsworth Kelly, Green Curve with Radius of 20', 1974
Ellsworth Kelly
EK74-653
Ellsworth Kelly, Untitled, 1996
Ellsworth Kelly
EK96-1401
Ellsworth Kelly, Untitled, 1994
Ellsworth Kelly
EK94-1374
Ellsworth Kelly, Dark Blue, 2001
Ellsworth Kelly
EK01-1478
Ellsworth Kelly, Blue, 2003
Ellsworth Kelly
EK03-1502
Ellsworth Kelly, Blue 1, 1975
Ellsworth Kelly
EK73-642
Ellsworth Kelly, Red Yellow Blue, 2000
Ellsworth Kelly
EK99-1448
Ellsworth Kelly, Red Yellow Blue, 2000
Ellsworth Kelly
EK99-1439
Ellsworth Kelly, Blue Yellow Red, 2000
Ellsworth Kelly
EK99-1442
Ellsworth Kelly, Blue/Yellow/Red, 1991
Ellsworth Kelly
EK90-1257