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Red Blue by Ellsworth Kelly

Red Blue by Ellsworth Kelly
Accession Code: wu0033
Title: Untitled (Red/Blue)
Date completed: 1964
Medium: Prints
Location Name: Senate House
Location Description: Wellbeing Support Services

This small screenprint exhibits all the qualities for which Kelly is known, the perfectly flat surface emphasising the essential power of shape and colour.

The print is part of a portfolio of 10 screenprints, published in an edition of 500 by Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut. These prints by leading American artists of the 1960s, demonstrate how appropriate the medium was for the hard edged style of post-painterly abstraction. The prints were commissioned by Sam Wagstaff, Curator of the Wadsworth Athenaeum. He said that he wanted people 'to get as big a hunk of the current aesthetic as they could as cheaply as possible'. Wagstaff asked each artist to provide a design; a proof was returned to them for approval and/or adjustment.