Ellsworth Kelly, the renowned abstract artist who died in December at 92, will be posthumously honored by the J. Paul Getty Trust with its highest award, the J. Paul Getty Medal.
In a first for the Getty, the annual award ceremony will honor a second medal recipient. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will also receive the Getty Medal at a dinner ceremony scheduled for Oct. 17 at the Getty Center in Brentwood.
The decision to give Kelly the medal was made before the artist's death, said James Cuno, president and chief executive of the Getty Trust. He said that the artist was aware that he had been selected for the honor before he died.
"[Kelly] is one of...