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Ellsworth Kelly. Chatham VI: Red Blue, 1971. Oil on canvas, two joined panels, 114 1/2 x 102 1/4 inches (290.8 x 259.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Douglas S. Cramer Foundation, 1998. © 2013 Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly. Chatham VI: Red Blue, 1971. Oil on canvas, two joined panels, 114 1/2 x 102 1/4 inches (290.8 x 259.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Douglas S. Cramer Foundation, 1998. © 2013 Ellsworth Kelly

Location: Midtown East, NYC
Art: Ellsworth Kelly: Chatham Series
Show time: See website for schedule; Through September 8, 2013
Venue: MOMA
Food: Eatery
Drink: Valhalla
Miscellaneous: Central Park

In celebration of Ellsworth Kelly’s 90th birthday in May 2013, The Museum of Modern Art presents an exhibition of the first series of paintings the artist made after leaving New York City for Spencertown, in upstate New York, in 1970. The studio he rented in the nearby town of Chatham, in a building that had once been a theater, was more spacious than any he had previously occupied. After working there for a year, Kelly embarked on a series of 14 paintings that would become the Chatham Series. Each work takes the form of an inverted ell, and is made of two joined canvases, each canvas a monochrome of a different color. Nearby and delicious, Eatery offers a new American menu that’s asian influenced. Try the Red Curry Chicken Breast over roti pancake, with baby carrots and red curry coconut sauce ($16.95). Valhalla’s minimalist space is chill, letting the 24 brands of beer from all over the world on tap be the main attraction at this bar. While its warm out, waste a little time walking through Central Park, relax, and get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. Just watch your step. The working horses tend to leave surprises behind them!

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