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Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923 – 2015)


Beijing Panels, 2005, painted aluminum, two reliefs, each panel: 18 feet, 9 inches x 11 feet x 11 1/2 inches

“I am honored to be able to support FAPE and its important mission to bring American art to the world through our embassies. My first gift to FAPE was two eighteen-foot-high wall sculptures for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which I had created in 2003. Each sculpture is comprised of three painted aluminum panels, one is red, white and blue, and the other sculpture has two red panels and one yellow panel.”                                                                            

In 2003, FAPE commissioned Ellsworth Kelly to create these wall sculptures for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which opened in 2008.

One of the most acclaimed American artists, Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York. He has executed many public commissions, including a work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, in 1993; in 1998, panels for the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, Boston; in 2009, a sculpture for the Art Institute of Chicago; and in 2012, a sculpture for the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The artist was awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts.

Gift of the artist with additional funding provided by Bank of America, The Honorable Ronald S. Lauder and Ms. Jo Carole Lauder, and Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Tuttle. Donated in honor of Agnes Gund

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© Ellsworth Kelly/Photograph: Jack Shear

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