Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly

Cahiers d’Art is pleased to present the first volume of the catalogue raisonné of Ellsworth Kelly. Originally published as a book by Cahiers d’Art in 2015, and a recipient of the Pierre Daix Prize, this volume has been digitized, with minor updates and corrections, for online access.

Written by art historian Yve-Alain Bois in direct collaboration with the artist, this first volume of the catalogue raisonné encompasses Kelly's work up to his return to the United States from France in 1954. The volume covers the artist's formative years as a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and as a young artist living in Paris, where he began painting the abstract forms which would later define his career. Kelly’s remarkable pace of production during this early period resulted in an especially diverse oeuvre, which is discussed in depth throughout this publication. In Bois’s words, “This diversity is the main reason many of the works examined in this volume are discussed at such length and in such detail: in almost every case, the particular question the artist was addressing, and the formal solution he devised for it, was entirely novel to him.”

This first of the volume of the catalogue raisonné, like future volumes, contains exhaustive documentation of each of Kelly's paintings, sculptures, and reliefs. The catalogue includes thorough and insightful texts, high-quality images of individual works and preparatory drawings, along with provenance information, exhibition history, and bibliographic information, making it sure to be an irreplaceable reference tool for institutions, collectors, and admirers.

The second volume of the Kelly catalogue raisonné, covering the years 1954-1958 and also written by Bois, was released in book form in fall 2021. A digital version of Volume 2 is also forthcoming through cahiersdartinstitute.org.

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