PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is opening its first-ever solo artist exhibition with a display of wall sculptures by Ellsworth Kelly.
It also marks a homecoming of sorts for one of Kelly’s early landmark works: “Sculpture for a Large Wall,” which was commissioned for a downtown building in 1957.
The huge sculpture of 104 anodized aluminum panels was removed in 1998 during building renovations and then sold, to the disbelief of the local arts community. It is now owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The 90-year-old Kelly attended a preview Tuesday at the Barnes. He says “Sculpture for a Large Wall” still looks fresh more than 50 years after it was made.
The exhibition is on view to the public from May 4 to Sept. 2.