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.