2019 First-Class Forever Stamp,Ellsworth Kelly: "Gaza"

# 5391 - 2019 First-Class Forever Stamp - Ellsworth Kelly: "Gaza"

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US #5391
2019 Gaza – Ellsworth Kelly

  • Part of the 10-stamp set commemorating abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  Ellsworth Kelly
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  May 31, 2019
First Day City:  Spencertown, New York
Quantity Issued:  20,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Phosphor, block tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To honor Ellsworth Kelly, an abstract artist known for his paintings, sculpture, and works on paper.

About the stamp design:  Picture’s Kelly’s piece Gaza (1956).

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at Ellsworth Kelly Studio in Spencertown, New York.

About the Ellsworth Kelly set:  Includes 10 different stamp designs, each picturing a piece of art created by Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015).  The pieces shown are:  Yellow White (1961), Colors for a Large Wall (1951), Blue Red Rocker (1963), Spectrum I (1953), South Ferry (1956), Blue Green (1962), Orange Red Relief (for Delphine Seyrig) (1990), Meschers (1951), Red Blue (1964), and Gaza (1956).  The selvage of the complete pane of 20 includes a segment of Blue Yellow Red III (1971).

History the stamp represents:  Ellsworth Kelly was known for his paintings, drawings, and sculptures.  Yet his final, and most enduring project, was a work of architecture.

In 1986, a television producer asked Kelly to design a building for his vineyard in Santa Barbara, California.  Kelly designed the building, but the project fell through and he expected it would never be built.

Then in 2012, the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin approached Kelly about constructing his chapel as a place for contemplation.  Kelly spent the last three years of his life working on the project, though he wouldn’t get to see it as he was too ill to travel.  But he oversaw all that he could from his New York studio.  The 2,715-square-foot chapel features colored-glass windows that reflect the sunlight across the white walls.  There are also 14 marble black and white panels, his take on the stations of the cross, as well as an 18-foot totem sculpture.  While the building is referred to as a chapel, it has no religious connections.  Kelly’s partner said “It’s a chapel really dedicated to creativity… It’s a secular chapel.”

Kelly died before the chapel was completed in 2018, but it is considered his greatest masterpiece.  In his final months, Kelly spoke hopefully about the chapel, saying it was a joyful space where one could go and “rest your eyes, rest your mind.”

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US #5391
2019 Gaza – Ellsworth Kelly

  • Part of the 10-stamp set commemorating abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  Ellsworth Kelly
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  May 31, 2019
First Day City:  Spencertown, New York
Quantity Issued:  20,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Phosphor, block tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To honor Ellsworth Kelly, an abstract artist known for his paintings, sculpture, and works on paper.

About the stamp design:  Picture’s Kelly’s piece Gaza (1956).

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at Ellsworth Kelly Studio in Spencertown, New York.

About the Ellsworth Kelly set:  Includes 10 different stamp designs, each picturing a piece of art created by Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015).  The pieces shown are:  Yellow White (1961), Colors for a Large Wall (1951), Blue Red Rocker (1963), Spectrum I (1953), South Ferry (1956), Blue Green (1962), Orange Red Relief (for Delphine Seyrig) (1990), Meschers (1951), Red Blue (1964), and Gaza (1956).  The selvage of the complete pane of 20 includes a segment of Blue Yellow Red III (1971).

History the stamp represents:  Ellsworth Kelly was known for his paintings, drawings, and sculptures.  Yet his final, and most enduring project, was a work of architecture.

In 1986, a television producer asked Kelly to design a building for his vineyard in Santa Barbara, California.  Kelly designed the building, but the project fell through and he expected it would never be built.

Then in 2012, the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin approached Kelly about constructing his chapel as a place for contemplation.  Kelly spent the last three years of his life working on the project, though he wouldn’t get to see it as he was too ill to travel.  But he oversaw all that he could from his New York studio.  The 2,715-square-foot chapel features colored-glass windows that reflect the sunlight across the white walls.  There are also 14 marble black and white panels, his take on the stations of the cross, as well as an 18-foot totem sculpture.  While the building is referred to as a chapel, it has no religious connections.  Kelly’s partner said “It’s a chapel really dedicated to creativity… It’s a secular chapel.”

Kelly died before the chapel was completed in 2018, but it is considered his greatest masterpiece.  In his final months, Kelly spoke hopefully about the chapel, saying it was a joyful space where one could go and “rest your eyes, rest your mind.”