Matthew Marks Gallery

1954 Drawings on a Bus, Sketchbook 23


Hardcover in slipcase
48 pages
25 images
10 × 7½ inches; 25 × 19 cm
ISBN 9783865214157

Co-published with Steidl

This reproduction of Kelly’s 1954 sketchbook offers a rare glimpse into the celebrated artist’s rigorous exploration of line, form, and composition in a single continuous gestural mark, drawn in a blank book across 25 spreads as the artist observed the changing fall of shadows while riding on a bus in Paris. Kelly’s line pursues a path of eccentric discovery and distillation through subtle variations and bold transformations.