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Ellsworth Kelly monograph from Phaidon

A new Ellsworth Kelly monograph, the most comprehensive book ever published on the artist, will be released by Phaidon on October 26. The 368-page book includes over 150 full-color plates and an extensive chronology illustrated with materials from Kelly's own archive. Written by Tricia Y. Paik, it also features four thematic essays by Robert Storr, Gavin Delahunty, Richard Shiff, and Gary Garrels.

From Phaidon's press release: "Paik effortlessly guides readers through Kelly’s extraordinary seventy-year career, beginning with his experience as a soldier in World War II and his subsequent years in France, where he explored European art and architecture. This experience was pivotal to his artistic practice; it was there that his approach to abstraction was informed by the Byzantine and Romanesque periods, as well as by the latest avant-garde art.

"Paik traces Kelly’s return to New York in 1954 and highlights the development of his artistic practice and seminal exhibitions. She goes on to recount Kelly’s 1970 move upstate, where he 'finally found the space and freedom he had been wanting,' as well as the natural surroundings that continue to impact his work."

For more information, please visit Phaidon's website.