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Ellsworth KELLY

United States of America 1923 – 2015

  • France from 1948
  • Europe 1948-1954

Two whites and black 1973 Title Notes: 000-022
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, stencil one colour silkscreen embossed Support: Arjomari paper
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 75 plus 9 Artist proofs, right to print, Priter's proof II, 3 Gemini G.E.L. impressions, special proof, cancellation proof
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1973

Edition Notes: 1 colour screenprint with embossing, printed in black ink. Supervised by Kenneth Tyler, edition printing by Ronald McPherson and Bruce Walker.
Primary Insc: Gem 458
Dimensions: sheet 59.0 h x 120.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.1098
Image rights: © Ellsworth Kelly

Although best known for his large paintings depicting brightly coloured, simple geometric shapes, the Colour Field painter Ellsworth Kelly has regularly worked in black and white. These paintings and prints interrogate the assumption many of us have, learnt through reading printed words on a page, that black represents ‘form’ to white’s ‘empty space’. To this end, Kelly’s paintings have often played with the relationship of figure and ground. With his black-and-white work, including the prints shown here, it is rarely clear whether the black represents the object, its shadow or the negative space between embossed forms.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra