Untitled - Green with Red

Untitled - Green with Red
signed 'Kelly' (lower right)
tempera on paper
30 1⁄8 x 21 1⁄2 in. (76.5 x 54.6 cm.)
Painted circa 1964-1965.
Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy
Private collection
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky, New York, 1992
David Zwirner, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Dallas, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Contemporary American Drawings from the Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky Collection, January-March 2000, p. 10 (illustrated).
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Art Museum; Little Rock, Arkansas Arts Center; University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia Museum of Art; Brunswick, Maine, Bowdoin College Museum of Art and Cincinnati Art Museum, Drawings of Choice from a New York Collection, September 2002-November 2003, p. 79, no. 56 (illustrated).
Segovia, Spain, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Estaban Vicente, New York: New Drawings 1946-2007, January-May 2009, p. 147 (illustrated).
New York, David Zwirner, Selections from the Kramarsky Collection, May-June 2015.

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Lot Essay

"The idea of the identity of the artwork as something that does not depict reality but rather coexists in the world with other things is integral to Kelly's thinking and led to a kind of abstraction based entirely on shape and color. This liberated painting for Kelly, enabling him to create artworks that are experienced for the impact of their form alone, as condensed fragments of vision"
(R. Bernstein, "Ellsworth Kelly's Multipanel Paintings," in D. Waldman's Ellsworth Kelly: A Retrospective, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1997, p. 41).

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