Ellsworth Kelly, Curve XXI, 1978–80. Birch, 190.5 x 431.8 x 1.9 cm.

Ellsworth Kelly


Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Unlike most Ellsworth Kelly shows, “Ellsworth Kelly: Wood Sculpture” was all brown. This first exhibition devoted exclusively to the artist’s works in wood bypassed the early painted pieces to focus on sculptures that celebrate the color, texture, and grain of the unadorned material. Though this is hardly a neglected part of Kelly’s oeuvre—Curve XXI (1978–80) was included in Kelly’s 1996 Guggenheim retrospective in New York—the fact that everything in the show was made of bare wood allowed viewers to form a cohesive ensemble from pieces spanning nearly four decades…see the entire review in the print version of September’s Sculpture magazine.