Lot 101
  • 101

ELLSWORTH KELLY | Preliminary Study for "Wall"

Estimate
100,000 - 150,000 USD
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Description

  • Ellsworth Kelly
  • Preliminary Study for "Wall"
  • dated 1955 on the reverse 
  • paper collage on paper
  • 10 1/4 by 9 in. 26 by 22.9 cm.

Provenance

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in February 2011

Exhibited

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art; London, Tate Gallery; Munich, Haus der Kunst, Ellsworth Kelly: A Retrospective, October 1996 - January 1998, p. 128, illustrated in color
Cambridge, Harvard Art Museums; Atlanta, High Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Kunstmuseum Winterthur; Munich, St├Ądtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Ellsworth Kelly: The Early Drawings, 1948-1955, March 1999 - August 2000, no. 177, illustrated in color 
New York, Matthew Marks Gallery, Ellsworth Kelly: Black and White Drawings, February - April 2011
Munich, Haus der Kunst; Wiesbaden Museum, Ellsworth Kelly: Black & White, October 2011 - June 2012

Literature

John Coplans, Ellsworth Kelly, New York 1971, cat. no. 101, illustrated
Diane Waldman, Ellsworth Kelly: Drawings, Collages, Prints, Greenwich 1971, cat. no. 88, illustrated  
Ulrich Wilmes, Ellsworth Kelly: Black & White, Munich 2011, cat. no. 62, p. 149, illustrated in color
Richard Shiff, Ellsworth Kelly: New York Drawings 1954-1962, New York 2013, cat. no. 16, p. 91, illustrated in color

Condition

This work is in very good condition overall. There is light evidence of handling along the extreme edges, including a minor repair to the lower right corner. The collaged element is stable and intact. Under close inspection, some faint adhesive residue is visible along the edges of the black collaged element and a faint spot of discoloration is visible in the lower beige area just right of center. The sheet is hinged verso to the mat intermittently along the edges. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Catalogue Note

"'Broadway' was named after the avenue in New York City; partly as a place-name, and partly because it also reads: broad way. Wall was named after Wall Street, where there was once a wall, running from Broadway to the East River. The North River is another name for the Hudson River which runs parallel to Broadway and is also a broad way, but blue." Ellsworth Kelly