The Easel

Why Do We Only Discover Artists When They Die?

Ellsworth Kelly, the great American abstract painter died just before New Year. Robert Hughes described his work as “an art of spare, authoritative and infinitely refined forms, Matissean in [its] intelligent use of colour, on the basis of constant drawing from the observed world”. An illuminating interview with the artist, done in 2013 when he turned 90, is here (28 min).