Past Exhibitions

Ellsworth Kelly & Jack Shear Collection of Shaker Objects/Prints on display in Hudson, NY through May 13, 2018

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and Jeff Bailey Gallery co-present

Line and Curve

The Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear Shaker Collection From Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon with Prints by Ellsworth Kelly

an exhibition at Jeff Bailey Gallery, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 24, at 6:00PM. Exhibition will remain open through May 13, 2018.

Jeff Bailey Gallery and the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon are pleased to present an exhibition of the Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear Shaker Collection with a selection of iconic Kelly prints from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Generously donated to the Museum in 2015, the Shaker objects provide an overview of Shaker design and aesthetics. Featured will by Kelly’s worktable, purchased in 1970 near Kelly’s home in Columbia County and used throughout his life.

A rare oval box is reminiscent of shapes that can be found in Kelly’s prints, as are the simple lines of a two-drawer chest or the curved slats of a chair. This juxtaposition of the curved and the straight is a hallmark of Kelly’s work.

When talking about his approach to making art in relation to Shaker design in 2010, Kelly discusses the reductive quality inherent in both, noting that it isn’t what has been taken out of a painting or object, but it’s what hasn’t been put in. A balance of simplicity and harmony exist in both.

Kelly’s and Shear’s support of the Museum goes back decades. Shear’s photographs of the Shakers were exhibited at the Museum in 1991. Their upstate residence is not far from the seat of the American Shakers in New Lebanon, New York, which is now part of the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.


  • Opening reception is Saturday, March 24 at 6:00PM
  • Exhibition will remain open through May 13, 2018
  • Visit Jeff Bailey Gallery for exhibition hours
  • Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534