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Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) was an American artist recognized for his paintings, prints and sculptures. Kelly is best known for his abstractions that distill worldly encounters into forms and colors.[i] His work is often associated with art movements including Hard-edge, Color-field, Minimalism and Post-painterly abstraction. 

Austin is the only free-standing architectural project designed by Kelly. Diverging from Kelly's other works that typically contemplate the natural world, Austin originated as an investigation into the Stations of the Cross.[ii] In its final form, Austin is a chapel-like structure that creates a space for meditation. Austin is a unique piece that allows the public to become immersed in Kelly's work and world, filled with subtleties of shape and color.

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[i] Richard Axsom, The Prints of Ellsworth Kelly: a catalogue raisonné (Portland: Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2012), 1:13.
[ii] Carter E. Foster, "Stations of the Cross: Black, White, Light," in Ellsworth Kelly: Black and White, ed. Ulrich Wilmes (Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2011), 34.

 

 

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Ellsworth Kelly, Austin, 2015 (East façade)
Artist-designed building with installation of colored glass windows, black and white marble panels, and redwood totem
60 ft. x 73 ft. x 26 ft. 4 in.
©Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
Photo courtesy Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

Ellsworth Kelly, Austin, 2015 (South façade)
Artist-designed building with installation of colored glass windows, black and white marble panels, and redwood totem
60 ft. x 73 ft. x 26 ft. 4 in.
©Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
Photo courtesy Blanton Museum of Art, The University
of Texas at Austin

Ellsworth Kelly, Austin, 2015 (Interior, facing west)
Artist-designed building with installation of colored glass windows, black and white marble panels, and redwood totem
60 ft. x 73 ft. x 26 ft. 4 in.
©Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
Photo courtesy Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

Ellsworth Kelly, Austin, 2015 (Interior, facing north)
Artist-designed building with installation of colored glass windows, black and white marble panels, and redwood totem
60 ft. x 73 ft. x 26 ft. 4 in.
©Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
Photo courtesy Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

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