Robert Kelly  (American, 1956) 

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Robert Kelly (American, b.1956) is an American painter. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Kelly received his BA in 1978 from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Influenced by the De Stijl movement, Kazimir Malevich (Russian/Ukrainian, 1878–1935), Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872–1944), and modernists like Kurt Schwitters (German, 1887–1948), Kelly quotes also artists such as Louise Bourgeois (American/French, 1911–2010), Hans Arp (French, 1886–1966), and Ellsworth Kelly (American, b.1923). Kelly began to work for Polaroid in Cambridge; he also had some residencies at The MacDowell Colony and The Károlyi Foundation in Vence, France. Then, in 1982, he decided to pursue a career exclusively in painting.

Kelly’s work investigates the idea of doubleness through images that reflect, oppose, or imitate each other. He compares his work method to the practice of a stonemason building a wall: his play on edges, angles, and cuts creates a tension and an intuitive logic to the placement of line and form. Kelly found inspiration when traveling throughout the United States, Europe, North Africa, and Nepal. His works often incorporate unusual materials found during his trips, such as vintage posters or printed antique paper, to create collage works with saturated pigments.

Kelly has held solo exhibitions all around the world, including at Spazio Bianco/AR Contemporary Art in Milan, Italy, Leslie Feely Fine Art in New York, NY, John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and Linda Durham Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His works are part of public collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY, the Fogg Museum in Cambridge, MA, the Brooklym Museum in Brooklyn, NY, and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX.

Kelly currently lives and works in New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Robert Kelly, Mimesis CV

 

Robert Kelly
Mimesis CV
2008

Leslie Feely Fine Art
Robert Kelly, Tantra V

 

Robert Kelly
Tantra V
1998

Aaron Payne Fine Art
Robert Kelly, Nanos Red Ledger III

 

Robert Kelly
Nanos Red Ledger III
1997

Bentley Gallery
Robert Kelly, Voice in the Garden XXXIX

 

Robert Kelly
Voice in the Garden XXXIX
1999

Douglas Udell Gallery
Robert Kelly, Thicket LIV

 

Robert Kelly
Thicket LIV
2001

Heather James Fine Art
Robert Kelly, Thicket XIII

 

Robert Kelly
Thicket XIII
1999

Heather James Fine Art
Robert Kelly, Coda-II

 

Robert Kelly
Coda-II
2011

Anne Reed Gallery
Robert Kelly, Coda-I Red

 

Robert Kelly
Coda-I Red
2011

Anne Reed Gallery
Robert Kelly, Coda-II Red

 

Robert Kelly
Coda-II Red
2011

Anne Reed Gallery
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Robert Kelly, Thicket CXXVII

 

Robert Kelly
Thicket CXXVII, 2002
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Robert Kelly, Thicket CXXVIII

 

Robert Kelly
Thicket CXXVIII, 2002
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Robert Kelly, Yantra V

 

Robert Kelly
Yantra V, 1992
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1956   Born, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1978   BA, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2013   Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, James Kelly Contemporary, Invited 2013 guest artist for fair, Palm Springs, CA
2012   ADAA Art Show, Berggruen Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery Artists, Leslie Feely Fine Art, Miami, FL
Mile Marker, 3 Decades of Contemporary Art, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, William Shearburn Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2011   Art Basel Miami Beach Art Fair, Leslie Feely Fine Art
Frank Stella/Richard Diebenkorn/Robert Kelly, Leslie Feely Fine Art, New York, NY
2010   The Art of Giving / Xmas Show, Berggruen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Black & White, Jason McCoy Inc, New York, NY
New Arrivals, Leslie Feely Fine Art, New York, NY
Black & White, Galleri Weinberger, Copenhagen, DK
Spazio Bianco - Relais San Maurizio/ AR Contemporary Art, Italy (solo)
2009   John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Dallas Art Fair/Shearburn Gallery, Dallas, TX
2008   Cleve Carney Collection, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
Tipping the Balance, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY
Linear Manifestations, Jeannie Freilich Contemporary, New York, NY
ADAA The Art Show 2008/ Berggruen Gallery, New York, NY
Chicago Art Fair 2008/ Shearburn Gallery, Chicago, IL
Summer Group Show, Leslie Feely Fine Art, New York, NY
Leslie Feely Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
Robert Kelly /Mel Kendrick, David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
2007   Tres Americas, Galeria Emma Molina, Monterrey, Mexico (solo)
Group Show, Galleria Rosella Colombari, Milan Italy
Group Show, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY
Milan Art Fair, AR Contemporary, Milan, IT
The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY
ADAA The Art Show 2007, New York, NY
Works On Paper and Related Sculpture, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
David Floria Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (solo)
2006   25 Year Collage Show, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
ADAA The Art Show 2006, New York, NY
You Are Invited Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
Barbara Davia Gallery, Houston, Texas (solo)
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona (solo)
2005   Miami / Basel Art Fair 2005, John Berggruen Gallery, Miami, FL
New Paintings, David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO
Palmbeach3, Scott White Contemporary Art, Palmbeach, CA
Six American Artists, AR Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy
AR Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy (solo)
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (solo)
Doug Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (solo)
2004   Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo, NM (solo)
Miami/Basel Art Fair 2004, John Berggruen Gallery, Miami, FL (group)
Celebrating 23 Years, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Sean Scully and Robert Kelly, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2003   SITE/UNSEEN, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Color/Form/Figure, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art Basel, Miami, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Mano A Mano, Robert Kelly / Ricardo Mazal, Lendrum Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
A Way With Words, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1111, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art & Photography, Santa Fe, NM
Genius Loci, DMJM Rottet, Houston, TX
Bologna Art Fair, Sergio Tossi Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
An American 6, Sergio Tossi Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
Linda Durham Contempoary Art, New York, NY (solo)
Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA (solo)
2002   Doug Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada (solo)
2001   Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo, NM (solo)
Six in the City, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Currents, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX
Eye Candy, Soma Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Layerings, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Summer in the City, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Summer Group Show, Senior & Shopmaker, New York, NY
2000   Mysticism and Desire, Patricia Hamilton F.A., Los Angeles, CA
Summer Reading, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Passion and Perspective, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO
Abstraction: Form To Field, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
The Art Show, Art Dealers Association of America (J. Berggruen Gallery), New York, NY
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (solo)
1999   Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo, NM (solo)
1998   Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (solo)
1997   Erickson and Elins Fine Art, San Francsico, CA (solo)
1996   Sarah Dobbs Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (solo)
1995   Erickson and Elins Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1994   Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
1993   Eleventh Annual Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA (group)
1992   Summer Salon, Victoria Munroe Fine Art, New York, NY (group)
1991   Ninth Annual Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA (group)
1990   Collector’s Choice, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL (group)
1989   Monotypes from the Garner Tullis Workshop, Persons/Lindell Gallery (group)
1988   Houseguests Invitational, Linda Durham Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1987   Sheila Nusbaum Gallery, Millburn, New Jersey
1986   Krakow International Print Biennial, Krakow, Poland
1983   Best of Boston, Mona Berman Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
1982   Color it Pastel, Paul Gallery, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
1981   New Talent, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts
1978   The Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1977   Armory of the Arts Invitational, Santa Fe, New Mexico