Untitled

Object Details

Title:

Untitled

Artist/Maker(s):

Ellsworth Kelly (American, born 1923)

Culture:

American

Date:

1988

Medium:

Copper

Dimensions:

378 x 41 x 3.8 cm, 519.3686 kg (148 13/16 x 16 1/8 x 1 1/2 in., 1145 lb.)

Copyright:

© Ellsworth Kelly

Credit Line:

Gift of Fran and Ray Stark

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This thin, slightly curving bronze rises to a height of more than twelve feet. At its tip and bottom, the piece is flat. A matte-black patina provides a smooth and neutral surface that emphasizes the form's sharp silhouette. In sunlight, the sculpture casts its own double--a dramatic and attenuated shadow.

In the early 1970s, Ellsworth Kelly began creating totem-like sculptures in a variety of materials including wood, aluminum, and weathering steel. This work is one of a handful of "totems" Kelly executed in bronze. The artist used a source from antiquity--the rigid, upright statues of young men known as kouroi.

Provenance
1989 - 1992

Fran Stark

1989 - 1992

and Ray Stark, commissioned from the artist and purchased through Blum Helman Gallery, Inc., New York City, New York, January 17, 1989; upon Fran Stark's death, retained by Ray Stark.

1992 - 2004

Ray Stark, upon his death, distributed to the Ray Stark Revocable Trust.

2004 - 2005

The Ray Stark Revocable Trust, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Bibliography

Boström, Antonia, ed. The Fran and Ray Stark Collection of 20th-Century Sculpture at the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008), pp. 86-89, no. 10, entry by Christopher Bedford.