Gwyneth Paltrow and Katie Holmes Post Tributes to the Late Abstract Artist Ellsworth Kelly

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Actress, singer, healthy lifestyle entrepreneur–there are many strings to Gwyneth Paltrow's bow. Now comes evidence of another one: modern art aficionado, as she posted a tribute on Instagram to the late abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly, who died on Sunday at the age of 92.

"#ellsworthkelly leaves us today having impacted the way we see the world. Rest in peace dear Ellsworth," Paltrow posted on Instagram beneath a candid snap of herself walking beside the artist, who received a National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2013.

Paltrow's admiration for Kelly, known for his apparently simple, minimalist works made up of colored shapes using one color per shape, dates back several years (she also collects his work). In 2011, she profiled him for Interview magazine, writing "One of the things I've always loved so much about your art is the ruthless efficiency of your work—your color, your lines. But there is a tenderness to your work at the same time. It's pristine and efficient and yet deeply emotional. That's how I see them."

Paltrow was not the only entertainer-cum-art lover to mark Kelly's passing. Katie Holmes, who attended Art Basel Miami for the first time this year, simply posted one of the artist's works, an upside-down red love heart on a pale background, to her Instagram account, while Steve Martin, himself a noted collector and curator, tweeted "Ellsworth Kelly died. If you don't know who he is, you should."

The best collections of Kelly's art are now found in New York's Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art.

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