Ellsworth Kelly

Blue Black, 2000

Painted aluminum panels

336 x 70 x 2 1/8 inches

Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Photograph by Robert Pettus

Blue Black

Composed of two painted aluminum panels, Ellsworth Kelly's Blue Black is a vertical wall sculpture that was commissioned by Emily Rauh Pulitzer and installed on the south wall of the Main Gallery. Kelly's choice of colors is at once striking and subtle—strong enough to engage the eye on a grand scale, but restrained enough to accord with Tadao Ando's poetic allocation of space. As natural light spills in from the narrow skylight above and shimmers off of the reflecting pool to its right, Blue Black maintains a dynamic relation to both the architecture and the environment that frame it. Equally geometric and totemic, Kelly's sculpture instills a familiar form with an endlessly unfixed meaning.

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