Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly (b. 1956) was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He received a BA from Harvard University in 1978 and has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1983. Robert Kelly likens his approach to creating abstract work to poetry. He views each shape in his compositions as if they were physical forms and imagines their weight and balance in relation to the rest of the composition. Working within the formal puzzles that he sets up for himself, Robert Kelly’s work often investigates an idea of doubleness. He has a twin brother, and he considers the closeness associated with twins as he constructs his compositions, using forms and shapes that reflect and/or oppose each other. Robert Kelly’s work has been acquired by many public and private collections in Europe and the United States, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Sante Fe, the Fogg Museum, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, the Margulies Collection, the McNay Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and more.

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