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Drawn from nature

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This 1964-65 Ellsworth Kelly lithograph of a tangerine will be on display at the Hood Museum June 18-Aug. 28. (Image courtesy of Hood Museum)

The complete plant lithograph series of Ellsworth Kelly will be on view at the Hood Museum of Art from June 18 through Aug. 28. Drawn from Nature: The Plant Lithographs of Ellsworth Kelly documents the artist's 40 years of creating a rich variety of line drawings of plants, fruits and flowers with exceptional simplicity and beauty. An American artist of world renown, Kelly, born in 1923, is distinguished for his pure minimalist style. The 60 lithographs featured in this exhibition provide a critical link to the artist's vision of nature and his practice of abstraction.

The opening event on Fri., June 24 will feature a lecture at 4:30 p.m. in the Arthur M. Loew Auditorium by Toby Kamps, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. A reception will follow in Kim Gallery.

This exhibition was organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Mich. The prints are drawn entirely from the permanent collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Its presentation at the Hood Museum of Art is generously funded by the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund. A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition and is available in the Hood Museum of Art Shop.

By SHARON REED

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Last Updated: 12/17/08