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Ellsworth Kelly at the Norton Simon Museum

Ellsworth Kelly, White over Blue, 1967, Acrylic on canvas, Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum, a renown state-of-the-art museum in Pasadena, California, will be hosting a handful of events celebrating the art and history behind the American artist Ellsworth Kelly and his experiences, art, and history during his time studying art in Paris during his early 20s.

Born in 1923, Ellsworth Kelly was an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker who was heavily influenced by French art and art history. Throughout his life he studied at a variety of schools including the École nationale supérieure des Beux-Arts. He lived in Paris for approximately six years where he continued to paint and where he made his first abstract paintings.

On Friday, September 14, 2018, The Norton Simon Museum will display the informative 2007 documentary "Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments.” The film follows Kelly’s life during his early 20s as he refined and reworked his art while living in Paris which would evidently influence his work for decades. Admission to the screening at the museum’s theater is free with admission and does not require reservations prior to the documentary screening.

In addition to the documentary screening, the museum will be hosting tour and talks to discuss some of his popular colorful work. The "White over Blue" tour and talk will take place on Thursday, September 6, and the "Ellsworth Kelly in Context" tour and talk will take place on Saturday, September 29.