Ellsworth Kelly Black Square with Blue 1970

Artwork details

Artist
Ellsworth Kelly born 1923
Title
Black Square with Blue
Date 1970
Medium Oil paint on 2 canvases
Dimensions Displayed: 3048 x 3048 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1996
Reference
T07106

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Around 1970 Kelly began to experiment with unconventional arrangements of shapes. This strategy advanced his aim to create painting/sculptures which interrelated with their surrounding space. In this work, the configuration of the square and rectangle creates distinct angles. The negative space of the wall, produced through the meeting of the two canvases, extends the field beyond their painted surfaces.

May 2013

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