Ellsworth Kelly Red Blue Green1963 by Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly's "Notes of 1969":

"Everywhere I looked, everything I saw became something to be made, and it had to be exactly as it was, with nothing added. It was a new freedom; there was no longer the need to compose. The subject was there already made, and I could take from everything. It all belonged to me: a glass roof of a factory with its broken and patched panels, lines on a road map, a corner of a Braque painting, paper fragments in the street. It was all the same: anything goes."


...In a 1969 text published in 1979 and revisited often since, Ellsworth Kelly looked back at how he learned to look:

'Looking through an aperture (a door or a window) is a way that I have been able to isolate or fragment a single form. My first memory of focusing through an aperture occurred when I was around twelve years old. One evening, passing the lighted window of a house, I was fascinated by red, blue, and black shapes inside a room. But when I went up and looked in, I saw a red couch, a blue drape and a black table. The shapes had disappeared. I had to retreat to see them again.'

As we come to understand Kelly's work as his direct presentation of objects he encountered, it will change the way we, too, see the things around us.
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Media: oil on canvas