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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: Jessica Biales Jewelry Collection Inspired by Matisse Cut-Outs

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Jessica Biales and it won’t be the last. (Check out Jessica Biales’ signet rings and slice rings, which have been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and the Wall Street Journal and were for a time sold at J.Crew). Jessica is a close friend of mine from college, where she was the most refined, urban girl I had ever met. So many years later and her style hasn’t waned.

Jessica’s latest collection is called “Scissors” and was inspired by the Matisse cut-outs in the exhibit at MoMA that ended earlier this month,  Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. You can see examples of Matisse’s cut-outs that influenced her new jewelry collection below. As for Matisse, here is a description paraphrased from the MoMA site about the advent of the cut-outs:

Starting in the late 1940s, Henri Matisse turned to paper cut with scissors as his primary medium, which resulted in a new form of art that came to be called a cut-out. Matisse would cut painted sheets into forms of varying shapes and sizes—from the vegetal to the abstract—which he then arranged into lively compositions. 

The Jessica Biales Scissors Collection, inspired by Matisse cut-outs, includes bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces in sterling silver and 18-karat gold.

New York Jewelry Designer Jessica Biales Debuts Matisse Inspired Scissor Collection

Matisse Cut-Outs

Matisse Cut Outs at MoMA Matisse Cut Outs at MoMA

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Get the Look: 30 Modern Candlesticks

I don’t actually light candles all that often (though my boys think it’s fun to have a fancy dinner with candlelight at home), but I seem to always be admiring candlesticks. I should at least make more effort to light candles on Shabbat! No reason (I don’t think) that I couldn’t use some fun, modern candlesticks instead of the traditional silver ones. Here are 30 candlesticks that will inspire me (and you) to add ambience into winter evenings.





1 Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Elizabeth Wood-Trim Candle Holder 

2 Design by Conran Candlestick Holder

3 Pleated Candleholder

4 Totem Votive Set

5 Michael Graves Design Footed Candleholder

6 Valkand Candlestick

7 Areaware Reality by Harry Allen Candle Holder

8 Ladies & Gentlemen Homestead Candlesticks 

9 Jack Candleholder

10 Nappula Candlestick


12 Lightbulb Candleholder

13 Blomus Brushed Stainless Steel Candlestick 

14 Jonathan Adler Candle Holder, Squirrel Candlestick

15 Arteriors Home Ainsworth Candle Holder

16 Orrefors Totem Balance Candlestick

17 Kate Spade New York Jules Point Candlestick

18 Orrefors Aviang Oval Candlestick

19 Ilse Crawford Ilse Candleholder, $140 at The Future Perfect. 

20 Georg Jensen Koppel Candlesticks

21 Iittala Alla Candle Holder

22 Nate Berkus Industrial Inspired Metal Candle Holder 

23 RabLabs Agate Candle Holders

24 Gideon Dagan Adam + Eve Candle Holders

25 Marimekko Loistava Candleholder 

26 Y’A Pas Le Feu Au Lac Les Perles Candleholder

27 Areaware Distorition Candlestick by Paul Loebach

28 Skagerak Dania Candlestick

29 Menu Weight Here Candleholder

30 Ferm Living Wine Bottle Candleholder

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Covet: Magritte Sky Tray

Cloud Tray Magritte MOMA

Magritte Sky Tray
$34, MoMA Store

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Just In: MoMA’s Destination: Design NYC Collection

This spring’s Destination: Design series is MoMA’s eleventh. The Destination: NYC collection features 200 products by both established and up-and-coming designers based in New York City, and all are manufactured in the US. The collection launched in MoMA Design Stores in New York and Japan, and online last week. My picks below. You can also click back to last year’s roundup of items from Destination: Mexico.

MoMA New York Design Collection Home Decor

1 Salt + Pepper Shakers by Diane Ruengsorn, 2008

2 Strap Leather Bowl Basket by Alissia Melka-Teichroew, 2011

3 Quart Table Lamp by Rich Brilliant Willing, 2011

4 Gaia Crystal Cufflinks by Andy Lifschutz, 2012

5 Duo Bookshelf by Ana Linares, 2009

6 Transportation Push Toy by Eden Yaskil, 2011

7 Tilt Stool by Justin Gologorsky, 2012

8 Milking Stool by François Chambard, 2009

9 Bridges of NY Notecards by Karen van Every-Serimony, 2012

10 Rhodium Geometric Post Earring by Alexis Bittar, 2009

11 Gold Leather Bag by Emily Sugihara and Ellen van der Laan, 2011

12 Dorit Candle Holder by Jean Pelle and Oliver Pelle, 2008

13 Worksman Bicycle by Bruce Weinreb, 2013

14 Clawfoot Bowl by Kenjiro Yamakawa, 2011

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I also LOVE modern home furnishings from aha life

Aha Life Edgy Gifts Decor Style

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