United States of America 1923 – 2015
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
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.
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