“Ellsworth Kelly”

Alain Lombard, the new head of the Collection Lambert

A graduate of the French administration school ENA, he was previously secretary general of the Villa Médicis, a cultural attaché in Budapest, but also general administrator for the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie… His name ? Alain Lombard, who this year takes over from Éric Mézil at the helm of the Collection Lambert. An encounter in Avignon.   The news was released on 5 February this year… Éric Mézil, who had directed the Collection Lambert since 2000, would be handing over his position to Alain Lombard. After working for 17 years alongside dealer Yvon Lambert, Éric Mézil has left an enduring print on the Avignon cultural landscape, marked by ambitious programming. We remember of course his big solo exhibitions: Cy Twombly in 2007, Miquel Barceló in 2010, Andres Serrano in 2016, or more surprisingly, the outside-the-walls show, in 2014, in the former Sainte-Anne prison, titled “La Disparition des lucioles”. Now at the helm, Alain Lombard has taken on the mission of bringing life to this extraordinary contemporary-art collection… Indeed, the Collection Lambert, born in 2000 in Avignon, is quite a special museum. The works owned by art dealer and collector Yvon Lambert were long stored in the Hôtel de Caumont, and the donation of over 550 works to the French State only became official in July 2012. Now housed in two eighteenth-century townhouses – after the addition of the Hôtel de Montfaucon to the project –, the Collection Lambert offers a selection of major works from the second half of the 20th century and the start of the 21st century.   Can you tell us about your background? I had the fortune to be able to choose to join the French Ministry of Culture when I graduated from the ENA, and I’ve worked there since 1982, in...

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University of Texas to construct Ellsworth Kelly building

The University of Texas at Austin has announced that their Blanton Museum of Art is to be home to an Ellsworth Kelly-designed structure entitled Austin.  The stand-alone structure is the first free-standing structure designed by the abstract artist, who has previously worked in painting, sculpture, and prints, among other mediums. The building, designed as “space for contemplation”, is made up of a 2,715 square-foot stone building with luminous coloured glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black-and-white stone panels in marble. It was originally thought-up by the artist in 1986 for a private collector, but was never realised, the artist wishing for it to be built in a public space. To fund the project, the museum has launched a $15 million fundraising campaign, of which an astonishing $7 million has already been...

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Ellsworth Kelly prints at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit, 16 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Detroit Institute of Arts is currently offering the first retrospective of Ellsworth Kelly’s print-making career since the late 1980s, to be on display until 8 September 2013. Ellsworth Kelly, who turned 90 this year, produces prints which explore the effects of pure colours through a series of curves, contrast and grids. The exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts gathers prints from the collection of Jourdan D.Schnitzer of Portland, Oregon, and is organised by the Los Angeles County Museum. The exhibition coincides with the publication of an updated catalogue raisonné of Kelly’s work. Kelly was born in New York in 1923, and studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York (1941-2). As well as producing prints, he creates sculptures and paintings. He was one of the major exponents of abstract art in the US after the second world war, and has been variously associated with minimal art, colour field painting, hard-edge painting and post-painterly...

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National Medal of Arts awarded to Ellsworth Kelly

Washington, 10 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The White House has presented artist Ellsworth Kelly with the National Medal of Arts. Kelly, who turned 90 earlier this year, is to be given the medal in a ceremony held at the White House, alongside musician and artist Herb Albert, George Lucas, and a handful of other selected recipients. Winners are selected by the National Endowment for the Arts and receive a medal designed by sculptor Robert Graham. A statement released by the body behind the prize summarised Kelly’s significant achievements: “Ellsworth Kelly for his contributions as a painter, sculptor, and printmaker. A careful observer of form, color, and the natural world, Mr. Kelly has shaped more than half a century of abstraction and remains a vital influence in American art.” Previous artists who have won the award since it’s debut in 1985 include Georgia O’Keeffe, Romare Bearden, Willem de Kooning, Jacob Lawrence, Jasper Johns and Helen...

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Ellsworth Kelly at the Barnes Foundation

Philadelphia, 4 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 4 May through 2 September 2013 the Barnes Foundation is to showcase mural sculptures by American artist Ellsworth Kelly. The event will highlight the work Sculpture for a Large Wall (1956–1957), commissioned in the first place by the city’s transportation company, and loaned by the Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition will mark the first anniversary since the place reopened. The artist produced a sculpture, Barnes Totem, displayed at the entrance of the building. Derek Gillman, director of the institution, stated : “We are thrilled to inaugurate our programme of contemporary exhibitions with a presentation of works by Ellsworth Kelly, an acknowledged master of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.” Kelly, whose work is linked with Minimalism, is a painter and sculptor born in 1923 in the New York...

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