Ellsworth Kelly
Broadway 1958

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Ellsworth Kelly 1923–2015
Date 1958
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1982 x 1767 x 28 mm
Acquisition Presented by E.J. Power through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962
Not on display

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This painting, one of a series that developed from a small black and white study, is called after the famous avenue in New York. Here the red form can also be read as a 'broad way' receding into the distance, Kelly having cropped the edges of the rectangle to imply perspective. At the same time it appears absolutely flat. Asserting the real, flat nature of painting has been one of Kelly's central concerns. He achieves this here without sacrificing effects of space. The picture plane suggests at once flatness and three dimensions. Other works in the series are titled Wall after New York's Wall Street and 'North River,' another name for New York's Hudson River.

September 2004

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