Claremont McKenna College officials have confirmed that artist Ellsworth Kelly’s recent death will not affect his art piece’s installation on campus in 2017, which was announced last semester through a gift from alumnus George R. Roberts.
Mr. Kelly died on December 27, 2015 at the age of 92 in Spencertown, New York. He received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2013 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest post-war American artists. Mr. Kelly lived in Paris and New York City before his permanent move to upstate New York. His minimalism paintings and sculptures are on display at the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art. This installation is one of two public art pieces donated to CMC by Roberts.
Although Mr. Kelly passed away before his piece could be completed, CMC officials have affirmed that construction of the sculpture will continue. Mary Zlot, Roberts’s art advisor, stated that Mr. Kelly finished designing the sculpture before his death. Therefore, his studio is able to complete the work. Kelly’s sculpture is an homage to a totem pole that will sit outside Collins Dining Hall.
For more information about the forthcoming art installations, see The Forum‘s earlier coverage.