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From Left to Right: Ellsworth Kelly, “Black Over Yellow (Noir sur Jaune),” “Yellow Over Dark Blue (Jaune sur Bleu Foncé),” “Blue Over Orange (Bleu sur Orange),” (1964–1965), lithograph on Rives BFK paper, Norton Simon Museum, gift of the artist, 1969 (© Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and Maeght Éditeur)

The Norton Simon Museum presents Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly, an exhibition featuring the exquisite lithographic work of American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015).

On view are Suite of Twenty-Seven Color Lithographs and Suite of Plant Lithographs — two bodies of work made by the artist in the mid-1960s, just as he was beginning to experiment with the medium. Seemingly different in subject and style — one brightly colored and abstract, the other simple figurative forms of plants and fruit — the two suites were in fact created simultaneously and in connection with one other.

Seen together, and alongside two monumental paintings by the artist from the Museum’s collection — White over Blue (1967) and Red Orange White Green Blue (1968) — Kelly’s works demonstrate the way he absorbed the world around him and experimented with both line and color.

For more information, visit nortonsimon.org.

Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly continues at the Norton Simon Museum (411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, California) through October 29, 2018.

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