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Red White, 1961

Ellsworth Kelly, American, b. Newburgh, New York, 1923–2015

Oil on canvas, 62 3/4 x 85 1/4 in. (159.5 x 216.6 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972

Accession Number: 72.161

Provenance:
Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
Robert Fraser Gallery, London
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, to 15 February 1968
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 15 February 1968-1972
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972

Exhibition History:
BETTY PARSONS GALLERY, New York. "Ellsworth Kelly," 16 October-4 November 1961.
PARKE-BERNET GALLERIES, New York. Sale 2653, 15 February 1968, no. 105, ill. p. 93 [as "Composition in Red and White"].
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, no. 999.
MUSEO DEL PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES, Mexico City. "Painting in the United States from Public Collections in Washington, DC," 18 November 1980-4 January 1981, no. 82, ill. (organized by the International Communication Agency, Washington, DC)
CENTRO CULTURAL ARTE CONTEMPORANEO, Mexico City. "Abstract Expressionism in the United States," 10 October 1996-12 January 1997, cat.
MENIL COLLECTION, Houston. "Ellsworth Kelly: Tablet," 11 February-8 May 2005.

Published References:
ALLOWAY, LAWRENCE. "Heraldry and Sculpture," Art International VI/3 (April 1962), p. 52; fig. 2, p. 53.
PARKE-BERNET GALLERIES, New York. Advertisement in Burlington Magazine CX/779 (February 1968) ill. p. xi.
COPLANS, JOHN. Ellsworth Kelly (New York: Abrams, 1973), pl. 146.
LERNER, ABRAM et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), color ill. p. 642.
HARTT, FREDERICK. Art: A History of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, vol. II (New York: Abrams, 1976), p. 482; colorpl. 85.
TARACENA, BERTA. "La exposición estadunidense en México," Unomasuno (5 October 1980), n.p.
UNSIGNED. Illustration in Excelsior (26 October 1980), n.p. [upside down]
BROWN, MILTON W. One Hundred Masterpieces of American Painting from Public Collections in Washington, DC (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983), p. 212.
ZELLMAN, MICHAEL DAVID, comp. American Art Analog, Volume III: 1874-1930 (New York: Chelsea House Pub. in association with American Art Analog, 1986), ill. p. 1026.
OCVIRK, OTTO G. et al. Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice, 6th ed. (Dubuque: William C. Brown, 1990), ill. 2.13, p. 23.
WHEELER, DANIEL. Art Since Mid-Century: 1945 to the Present (New York: Vendome Press, 1991), fig. 323, p. 183.
CRUZ, AMADA. "Ellsworth Kelly," in Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996), p. 101, ill.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Geometric Abstraction