Ellsworth Kelly Dead at 92, Syrian Architecture Comes to Times Square, and More

Ellsworth Kelly's Blue Relief over Green, 2004, inspired the FLAG Art Foundation exhibition. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue Relief over Green, 2004. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

Ellsworth Kelly, one of America’s last iconic 20th century artists, died at 92 at his home in upstate New York. The abstract painter and sculptor was a veteran of World War II who studied painting in France before returning to the U.S., first to New York City in the 1950s, and later to Spencertown, N.Y., in 1970. In his more than 50-year career, Kelly would be maligned by critics at times, though by the 70s, his “Chatham series” had secured his place in American art history, as the Art Newspaper reported. He would go on to have solo retrospective shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. His gallerist, Matthew Marks, told the Guardian he “bridged European and American Modernism,” while New York magazine’s Jerry Saltz called the artist “a cosmic geographer,” in a Twitter post. Kelly is survived by his husband, Jack Shear, and a brother, David Kelly, according to the New York Times.

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Ellsworth Kelly Dead at 92, Syrian Architecture Comes to Times Square, and More