CAHIERS D'ART pays tribute to Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015), one of the most important abstract artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, through an exhibition of collages and works on paper from the early 1950s. This exhibition, organized in collaboration with The Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and Matthew Marks Gallery, will open February 26th 2019 at the CAHIERS D'ART galleries on 14 and 15 rue du Dragon.
A monograph is also published by CAHIERS D'ART in co-edition with Centre Pompidou on the occasion of the exhibition “Ellsworth Kelly: Windows” (February 27th – May 27th 2019), that for the first time brings together the six Windows made by Kelly in France between 1949 and 1950. A period of perpetual invention to which the artist has regularly turned to throughout his career, these French years are fundamental to the understanding of the work of Ellsworth Kelly. "After constructing Window with two canvases and a wood frame, I realized that from then on painting as I had known it was finished for me,” wrote Kelly in his notes in 1969. The book evokes this key moment through more than eighty works, paintings, drawings, sketches and photographs never assembled before. Two beautiful essays by Jean-Pierre Criqui and Yve-Alain Bois propose a new examination of this cardinal moment by focusing on the very evocative pattern of the windows.
Ellsworth Kelly was a key figure in the rebirth of CAHIERS D’ART. The publishing house was reopened in 2012 with an exhibition of his works in its legendary gallery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the first revue to be published by CAHIERS D’ART after a hiatus of 52 years was devoted to Ellsworth Kelly, with an iconic cover created by the artist. In parallel, CAHIERS D’ART published in collaboration with scholar Yve-Alain Bois and the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation the first volume of the Ellsworth Kelly’s Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Reliefs, and Sculpture, 1940-1953, which received the Pierre Daix Prize in 2015. CAHIERS D’ART is preparing for publication of the second volume spanning 1954-1959, forthcoming in 2020.