Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture

Ellsworth Kelly sculpture in office building entrance
Ellsworth Kelly Sculpture

Brookfield Properties and WatermanClark, LLC are pleased to present Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture at Lever House, featuring a group of important freestanding sculptures produced by Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015) between 1982 and 2015. On view since May 2023, the exhibition serves as the historic building’s inaugural presentation since the onset of its $100 million redevelopment.

Though Ellsworth Kelly is widely regarded as one of the most significant painters, sculptors, draftsmen, and printmakers of the twentieth century, this new exhibition at Lever House sheds light on a lesser-known but central part of his artistic practice.

Many of the works in Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture belong to a series of slender-yet-towering forms begun by the artist in the early 1970s, whose precise, almost classical contours take inspiration from ancient Greek figural sculpture. Mounted throughout Lever House’s newly restored indoor and outdoor spaces, this monumental body of work has seldom been the sole subject of a New York exhibition—the last major show of Kelly sculpture was staged at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1982.

The ambitious presentation offers the public a new opportunity to reevaluate a definitive series from one of America’s most influential artists, experienced within an icon of twentieth-century architecture. Freestanding planes of aluminum, bronze, and wood, Kelly’s sculptures create a dynamic interplay with Lever House’s spectacular and recently restored terrazzo, glass, and marble surfaces. A series of small-scale sculptural maquettes from throughout Kelly’s career will also be displayed in the lobby’s historic metal and glass vitrines, originally built to showcase Lever Brothers’ consumer products.

Timed to the artist’s centennial on May 31, 2023, Lever House joins several other institutions across the globe in honoring Kelly’s indelible legacy with major programs, publications, and exhibitions.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture will be on view through August 2024. The exhibition has been organized in conjunction with the Ellsworth Kelly Studio, Matthew Marks Gallery, and Jacob King of Fine Art Concepts, LLC.

Learn more about Ellsworth Kelly & his centennial celebration.

View the map of artworks below or download it here.

Lever House - 390 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022, Lobby & Outdoor Plaza

Date & Time: May 31, 2023 - August 31, 2024