ARTmonday: Tribute to Ellsworth Kelly

I’ve always loved Ellsworth Kelly’s work. The crisp shapes in primary colors, or black & white, are so simple yet quite alluring. Kelly died last Sunday at age 92.

An article in The New Yorker aptly describes Kelly’s work using these phrases, among others: “emphatic shapes and clarion colors” and “unreasonably rational and ascetically luxuriant.”

Ellsworth Kelly, though born in Newburgh, New York, is a bit of a local Boston guy; he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston after leaving the Army in 1945. Every year there is at least one Ellsworth Kelly artwork at the SMFA Sale. In 1948 he left the States to live in Paris for seven years, and then settled in New York City. His obituary in The New York Times offers a lyrical overview of his life and career.

Here are some examples of of Ellsworth Kelly’s artwork.

 Ellsworth Kelly Portrait In 2012

Ellsworth Kelly in his studio, 2012
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Ellsworth Kelly Installation At The Guggenheim Museum In NYC

Installation at the Guggenheim museum, 1996

THIS PHOTO IS EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 20, 2010. 20mfa PLEASE NOTE: Geoff Edgers will be using in an article slated for Monday, September 20th or Tuesday, September 21. This is embargoed for publication until Monday, September 20th. Kelly Gifford of the MFA Blue Green Yellow Orange Red Ellsworth Kelly (American, born in 1923) 1968 Oil on canvas *© Ellsworth Kelly *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Library Tag 09202010

Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, 1968
Wood sculpture
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Installation view from %22Ellsworth Kelly- Los Angeles%22 at Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles. Credit- © Ellsworth Kelly.

Installation view from “Ellsworth Kelly: Los Angeles”
Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles


Curves on White (Four Panels), 2011
Matthew Marks Gallery
via Art Observed

Ellsworth Kelly Four Oranges MoMA

Four Oranges, 1966
Graphite on paper

Ellsworth Kelly Black & WhiteCite, 1951  •  Oil on wood
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
via WikiArt

Ellsworth Kelly Nine Squares

Nine Squares, 1977
Screenprint with lithograph
Susan Sheehan Gallery via Artsy

Ellsworth Kelly White Square

White Square, 1953  •  Oil on wood
Photo by Hulya Kolobas Courtesy Ellsworth Kelly Archives
via Artsy

Ellsworth Kelly Yellow Curve

Colored Paper Image XIV (Yellow Curve), 1976
Colored and pressed paper pulp
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery via Artsy

Ellsworth Kelly Spectrum IV

Spectrum IV, 1967
Oil on canvas, thirteen panels

Ellsworth Kelly Abstract Sculpture And Painting

Gold with Orange Reliefs, 2013
Matthew Marks Gallery
via Art Observed

Ellsworth Kelly Orange & Red At MoMA

Orange Red Relief, 1959
Oil on canvas, two joined panels

Ellsworth Kelly Abstract Art Collage

Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance II, 1951
Cut-and-pasted color-coated paper and pencil on four sheets of paper

Ellsworth Kelly Black Fin Ble Rouge

Baie Rouge, 1984    Lithograph
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art via Artsy

Ellsworth Kelly Sunflower I Drawing

Sunflower I, 2004  •  1-color lithograph
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl via Artsy

Ellsworth Kelly Stacked Ovals At MoMA

Blue and Orange and Green (Bleu et orange et vert)
from Suite of Twenty-Seven Color Lithographs,

Ellsworth Kelly Black Form II Sculpture 2012

Black Form II, 2012
Painted aluminum

Black & White Portrait Of Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly

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Ellsworth Kelly elsewhere on StyleCarrot:

SMFA Sale 2014
SMFA Sale 2012
My Visit to MoMA

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Just In: 32 Finds From the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, Going On Right Now

It’s that time. The Nordstrom  Half-Yearly Sale is on until Monday, January 3, 2016. There are tons of items for women, men, and kids at up to 50% off, both designer and less expensive brands.

It’s a great time/place to buy the basics you’ll need for winter. I scrolled through all (yes, pretty much all) the women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, and winter accessories to pull out my top finds for you.

There are also some other great sales right now at other StyleCarrot partners, including over 60% off at Athleta; extra 50% off sale items at Banana Republic; extra 40% off sale items at Club Monaco; up to 60% off at GAP; extra 40% off winter sale items at J.Crew; extra 60% off sale styles at LOFT (including Lou & Grey);  and extra 40% off sale styles at Madewell. If you need a new handbag Rebecca Minkoff has styles on sale up to 70% off . And for a slightly higher splurge, Tory Burch is offering 30% off sale styles.

Here are 32 of my most coveted (and totally practical) pieces from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, which ends on Monday. Yes, I realize most of it’s grey, but like I said, practical.


Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale January 2016

1 AYR Distressed Crop Denim

2 Stella McCartney Brocade Jogger Pant

3 Vince Pump 

4 Skagen Rose Gold Watch

5 A.P.C. Stripe Sweater

6 Vince Camuto Neck Warmer

7 Rag & Bone Crossbody Bag 

8 Via Spiga Pointy Mule

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale January 2016

9 Treasure&Bond Hoodie Blazer

10 Kismet by Milka Black Diamond Coil Ring 

11 Burberry Check Cashmere Scarf

12 Loeffler Randall Mini Backpack

13 Hunter Rain Boot

14 Coach Shearling Boot

15 Vince Colorblock Turtleneck Sweater

16 Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses 

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale January 2016

17 The North Face ThermoBall Jacket

18 Madewell High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans

19 Michael Michael Kors Chronograph Watch

20 The North Face Earflap Hat

21 The North Face Quilted Parka

22 Ugg Pom Beanie

23 Theory Longline Blazer

24 Woolrich Slipper  

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale January 2016

25 Alexis Bittar Tassel Earrings

26 Vince Coat 

27 Vince Colorblock Instarsia Sweater 

28 Tory Burch Winter Boot

29 bareMinerals Eyecolor Collection

30 MZ Wallace Nylon Tote

31 Paige Denim Ribbed Sweater

32 Rebecca Minkoff Arrow Studs

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Saturday Say It: Try New Things, It’s A New Year

Quote About Leaving Your Comfort Zone

The new year means nothing if you’re still in love with your comfort zone.

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Start with a new exercise routine.

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Fine Print: The 15 Best Design Books of 2015

Although I hesitate to bring most forms of paper into my home—brochures, receipts, bills, press releases, invitations, business cards— I still love books. Especially glossy design books. I don’t leaf through them nearly enough, but I appreciate being surrounded by them. Our living room in Boston, like many traditional Back Bay condos,  has double built-in bookshelves flanking the fireplace, trimmed in traditional molding and calling out for impressive tomes.

 I used to save decor magazines, which filled the top shelves nicely, but with the advent of Pinterest et al, tear sheets are just clutter.  Besides, I now have enough coffee table books and small artworks to fill in all 16 shelves stylishly. Thanks to Rizzoli, who sends me all the best books, and the other publishers who send along design titles as well. I looked at all of them, and these are my favorite 15 design books of 2015.

Best Design Books 2015 Eddie Ross Mix

Eddie Ross Modern Mix

Best Design Books 2015 Carrier & Company

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney

Best Design Books 2015 Greg Natale The Tailored Interior

 The Tailored Interior Greg Natale


The Kinfolk Home

Best Design Books 2015 Retreat The Modern House In Nature

Retreat: The Modern House In Nature by Ron Broadhurst

Best Design Books 2015 Gardens At First Light By Stacy Bass

Gardens At First Light by Stacy Bass

Best Design Books 2015 India Hicks Island Style

India Hicks Island Style

Best Design Books 2015 Abigail Ahearn Color

Abigail Ahern Color: Transform Your Home

Best Design Books 2015 Carrier & Company

Carrier and Company Positively Chic Interiors

Best Design Books 2015 Carrier & Company

Emily Henderson Styled

Best Design Books 2015 Casa Bohemia

Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House
by Linda Leigh Paul and Ricardo Vidargas

Best Design Books 2015 Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber American Master

Best Design Books 2015 Palm Springs Modern Living

Palm Springs Modern Living by James Schnept

Best Design Books 2015 Beekman 1802 Style

Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites

Best Design Books 2015 Tricia Foley

Tricia Foley Life | Style: Elegant Simplicity at Home

Here’s what one bookshelf looks like at the moment. Note the back issues of Architectural Digest on the upper left shelf.

Styling Your Bookshelf With Design Books And Art

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Champagne Cocktails & Cupcakes

As you prepare for a splendid celebration later this week, be it dazzling or quiet and cozy, take note of these delicious treats. Perhaps you have time to create such treats. Click the blog links for the recipes.

Here’s to a year of champagne and cupcakes. Cheers!

C H A M P A G N E  C O C K T A I L S 


Blackberry Ombre Champagne Sparkler  •  The Cookie Rookie


St. Germain and Champagne Cocktail  •  Kitchen Confidence


Holiday Champagne Cocktail  •  Love You Mean It


Peppermint Champagne Cocktail  •  Freutcake


Winter Champagne Cocktail  •  Style Within Reach

C H A M P A G N E   C U P C A K E S 

Champagne Cupcakes For A Sweet New Year's Celebration

Champagne Cupcakes with Rose Hibiscus Buttercream
The Seaside Baker

Champagne Cupcakes For A Sweet New Year's Celebration

Champagne Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Best Friends For Frosting

Champagne Cupcakes For A Sweet New Year's Celebration

Champagne Cupcakes  •  Life Love Sugar

Have a safe, smart celebration.

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