Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Experience the Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards Exhibit at the Blanton Museum of Art

Ellsworth Kelly-Postcards Exhibition in Texas
Ellsworth Kelly, Study for Dark Gray and White Rectangle I, 1977, 4 x 6 in. Collection of Ellsworth Kelly Studio and Jack Shear, © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
ellsworth kelly art exibition in texas

Left: Ellsworth Kelly, Statue of Liberty, 1957, postcard collage, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. Collection of Ellsworth Kelly Studio and Jack Shear, © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
Right: Ellsworth Kelly, Nose / Sailboat, 1974, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. Collection of Ellsworth Kelly Studio and Jack Shear, © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation


Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards will be on display in the Blanton Museum of Art’s Paper Vault galleries from Aug. 27 to Nov. 27.

Ellsworth Kelly is considered one of the most prominent artists of the 20th century, known for his paintings, sculptures and prints. He spent years creating postcard collages, a lesser known aspect of his artistic life.

This is the first exhibition to solely focus on the artist’s postcards. Spanning six decades of his career through more than 150 pieces, the postcards showcase Kelly’s creativity. Some pieces serve as studies for larger artworks, while others are musings and artifacts of places in which the artist spent time.

Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin sits proudly on the museum grounds

Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin sits proudly on the museum grounds

The postcard collages reveal biographical information, like places Kelly lived and experienced, and a real playfulness and humor that’s not as seen in his more abstract works,” says Carter Foster, Blanton Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs. “Looking at the postcards, we get a sense of the way Kelly saw and translated the world into art.”

The Blanton has a long-established relationship with Kelly’s work, as his signature Austin installation stands permanently at the museum.

You may also like: Discover Art In San Angelo’s Museums, Murals, And More

“The relationship really began in 2013 when a Blanton team, led by director Simone Wicha, worked extensively with Kelly, his studio and Jack Shear, president of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and Kelly’s husband, to bring to life his design for what would become Austin,” explains Foster.

Kelly gifted his design and art for Austin to the museum in 2015, and the structure itself opened in 2018, quickly becoming a landmark location in the capital city. The stone building features stunning colored glass windows, a wood sculpture and black-and-white marble panels.

The Blanton is now “a steward of Kelly’s legacy and center for Kelly scholarship and appreciation,” says Foster.

Visitors can enjoy the exhibition this fall as the Blanton looks to the future — next year would have been Kelly’s 100th birthday, as well as the fifth anniversary of the opening of Austin.

“I hope that for visitors, whether they are familiar with Kelly or not, this exhibition sparks discovery,” says Foster.

Due to construction on the grounds, visitors must enter the museum via Brazos Street. Kelly’s Austin building will be temporarily closed Sept. 7 through Nov. 1, (dates subject to change) for conservation work.

Originally found in CultureMap

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Pingback: Houston Artist's Newest Exhibit | Move to Texas Guide

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


Did you know that the bluebonnet is the official flower of Texas? This beautiful flower can be found blooming all over the state during...


A Texas treasure that’s renowned for being the home of NASA, Houston is one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolitans. In 2012, the city surpassed...


If you would like to move to the state of Texas, you may want to consider moving to the city of San Antonio. Referred...


If you're looking for a great museum to visit in Houston, the Museum of Natural Science is a must. With exhibits and science halls...