Curve XXIV

Photo: Paul Macapia

Curve XXIV


Ellsworth Kelly

American, 1923 - 2015

Ellsworth Kelly arrives at his work through a prolonged experience of observing nature and the distilling of observations and sensations to simple lines, planes and forms. Although its silhouette appears entirely abstract, Curve XXIV suggests a rust-hued autumn gingko leaf. The narrowest of relief sculptures, it projects and expansive space: its surface coloration and texture echo painting-a reflection of the artist's fascination with the overlap of these art forms.

3/8" weathering steel
76 x 228 x 3/8 in. (193 x 579.1 x 1 cm)
Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: [Leo Castelli Gallery, New York]; purchased from gallery by Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle, Washington, August 1, 1981
Photo: Paul Macapia
Now on view at the Olympic Sculture Park

I'm not interested in the texture of a rock, but in its shadow.

Ellsworth Kelly


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, 2007 - ongoing.
Published ReferencesSims, Patterson and Emily Rauh Pulitzer. Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1982: cat. no. 61, pp 109.

Fairbrother, Trevor. The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1999: illustrated inside front cover, 201.

Corrin, Lisa Graziose, et al. Olympic Sculpture Park. Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2007, illus. p. 47.

Kangas, Matthew, "Sculpture", October 2007, Vol 26, No. 8.

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