2019 55¢ Ellsworth Kelly – "Red Blue"
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: May 31, 2019
First Day City: Spencertown, NY
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 20,000,000
Over the course of Ellsworth Kelly's six-decade career, his work was featured in museums around the world. He also received some of the highest honors the art world bestows.
Kelly had his first solo exhibition at the age of 28 in 1951, while he was painting in Paris. He then made his American debut with his first US solo show in 1956. And three years later, he was included in the Museum of Modern Art's Sixteen Americans show, which was a groundbreaking exhibition of modern art. Kelly would go on to become a staple in the art world, with new exhibitions every few years. His work was also added to the collections of museums in the US, Paris, Madrid, and London.
For his role as an art pioneer, Kelly received numerous honorary degrees as well as national and international awards. These include the Brandeis Creative Arts Award, France's Order of Arts and Letters, Japan's Praemium Imperiale, and the US National Medal of Arts, presented by the president.
A year after Kelly's death in 2015, his foundation established an award in his name. The award grants $40,000 to an under-recognized artist to stage their own exhibition. Kelly believed exhibitions were crucial to an artist's success and the award keeps his memory alive by helping the careers of young artists.