Ellsworth KELLY, Black and White Pyramid Enlarge 1 /1

Ellsworth KELLY

United States of America 1923 – 2015

  • France from 1948
  • Europe 1948-1954

Black and White Pyramid 1973 Title Notes: 000-025
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, stencil 1 colour silkscreen, with embossing Support: Arjomari paper
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 50 plus 9 artist proofs, right to print, printer's proof II, 3 Gemini G.E.L. impressions, 2 Sprecial proofs, cancellation proof
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1973

Edition Notes: 1 colour screenprint printed with black ink and embossing. Supervision Kenneth Tyler, edition printing by Gary Reams.
Primary Insc: Gem 461
Dimensions: sheet 82.8 h x 106.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.1101
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