Ellsworth Kelly: Recent Prints at the Boston University Art Gallery

Contact: Joan Schwartz, | joans@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) – An exhibition of recent prints by Ellsworth Kelly opens at the Boston University Art Gallery on Friday, September 11 and continues through Sunday, October 25. The exhibition coincides with the opening of the new Federal courthouse in Boston, which includes a major new work by Kelly as its centerpiece.

A painter, sculptor and printmaker, Kelly is best known for his focus on the interaction of color and shape and is credited with making a critical contribution to the development of American abstract art. A major retrospective exhibition of his painting and sculpture was held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York last year. This exhibition of prints, curated by Mary Drach McInnes with Kelly’s active participation, includes his major work in the medium created since his last major print retrospective in 1987.

The exhibition contains the recently published edition of Mallarme’s poem Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (A Throw of the Dice Never Will Abolish Chance), illustrated by Kelly with a series of black and white lithographs, and a related suite of four color lithographs known as The Mallarmé Suite.

Also included is Kelly’s Purple/Red/Gray/Orange, which is 18 feet wide and presented an enormous technical challenge to print. It required four separate runs through the press for each of the shapes and the development of a novel method of rolling the paper to produce the final image.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with three essays -one by McInnis, one by Richard Axsom, professor of art history at the University of Michigan in Dearborn and author of the catalogue raisonné on Kelly’s prints, and the third by Stuart Steck, Ph.D. candidate in contemporary art history at Boston University.

Ellsworth Kelly: Recent Prints

Boston University Art Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Friday, September 11 – Sunday, October 25

Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 1 – 5p.m.

Friday, September 11, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Please note: This is a change in time from previous announcements

Special Events:
Not Description, But Suggestion
Talk by Mary Drach McInnes, guest curator.
Friday, September 11, 7 p.m. School for the Arts Concert Hall.
Gallery talk and tour of the exhibition
Hosted by Stuart Steck, Ph.D. candidate at Boston University, and a contributor to the exhibition catalog.
Tuesday, October 13, 1 p.m.

Exhibition and all Gallery events are free and open to the public. For information call 617/353-3329.