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Learn more about ‘Austin’ artist Ellsworth Kelly at Blanton exhibit

Staff Writer
Austin 360
With little money in France after the war, Ellsworth Kelly experimented with colored paper squares meant for children’s art projects. In his collage, “Nine Colors on Black II,’ he reduced the numbers of squares which emphasizes the black background. EllsworthKelly Foundation/Ellsworth Kelly Studio

By now, many of you have visited Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin.”

You’ve walked around the chapel-like building on the southern border of the University of Texas campus that looks like a waking dream from a remote Greek island. You’ve lingered inside on a sunny morning as densely hued beams of light dribbled down the walls from three sets of mouth-blown glass windows. You’ve wondered at the arcing proportions of the white and gray space that includes an elegant but obscure wooden totem where an apse might go. You might have taken extra time to contemplate Kelly’s “Stations of the Cross,” 14 black and white stone panels, each its own terse form of abstraction.

Now you should go back and spend some quiet time with “Form Into Spirit,” the introductory exhibit inside the nearby east wing of the Blanton Museum of Art.

Read more about the Ellsworth exhibit inside the Blanton — it close April 29 — in a story on our premium website.