Ellsworth Kelly at Philadelphia Art Museum

In 1949 Kelly meets composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham and this meeting together with Kelly’s encounter with Jean Arp’s collages that were arranged to the ‘laws of chance’ (see: http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=37013) had a profound impact on Kelly’s work. The work on the left Deesis I is made by horizontal lines which are oil on wood and the work on the right Gate-Board is made by vertical lines which are oil on wood with string.

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