Stele II by Ellsworth Kelly - National Gallery Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
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N 38° 53.491 W 077° 01.339
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Quick Description: The title of this sculpture by minimalist, Ellsworth Kelly, refers to ancient stone commerative monuments, alluding to the "severe presence" of the piece. It can be found in DC's National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 7/28/2008 3:08:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM4A8Q
The following information on the piece is from the National Gallery of Art's Website:
After moving from Manhattan to the countryside in New York State in 1970, Ellsworth Kelly began to make large sculptures for the outdoors. The distinctive shape of Stele II had already appeared in the artist's abstract paintings and is loosely based on a French kilometer marker, an object Kelly observed during his years in Paris after World War II. Alluding to the severe presence of the work, especially in a landscape setting, the title refers to a type of ancient stone monument that traditionally served a commemorative function. Like most ancient stelae, this sculpture is also essentially planar and upright. The steel weathers when exposed to the elements, developing an evenly corroded, non-reflective surface.
The following text about Kelly is from the Columbia Encyclopedia:
1923–, American painter, b. Newburgh, N.Y. He moved to New York City in 1941, studying at Pratt Institute, and later attended the Boston Museum Arts School. In Paris during the late 1940s, he studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts and met many giants of modern art. He began to create relief sculptures and multipanel paintings, formats that remained features of his work. Returning (1954) to the United States, he became known in the 1950s and 60s for his hard-edge paintings, formal, impersonal compositions painted in flat areas of color, usually with sharp contours and geometric shapes. Increasingly large, some were conventional rectangular canvases, some made up of several single-color panels joined to make triangles, trapezoids, and other shape; Atlantic (1956) and Green Blue Red (1964) are in the Whitney Museum, New York City, and Blue Red Green (1962) in the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Kelly has also made large geometric sheet-metal sculptures, e.g., the work (1957) commissioned for Philadelphia’s Transportation Building (now Penn Center), and is a collagist and printmaker.
Title: Stele II
Artist: Ellsworth Kelly
Media (materials) used: 1" weathering steel
Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Date of creation or placement: created 1973, gifted to museum in 1999
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