"Just as Kelly in his chance-inspired works never proposed, or meant to propose, a concatenation of everything all at once, but a single situation, randomly 'presented' and left to speak for all the others whether or not it is representative of them, so in his drawings of flowers, at first so different from his increasingly monolithic abstract paintings and sculptures, the simplicity of line, sometimes drawn without lifting his hand from the paper throughout the course of a drawing, speaks of specificity rather than emblematic generality. 'They are not an approximation of the thing seen nor are they a personal expression or an abstraction.'" -- John Ashbury, from Plant Drawings
FIRST EDITION of Kelly's Plant Drawings, with essay by John Ashbery. Number 31 of 100 (of a planned but unrealized 150) hardbound copies SIGNED BY KELLY AND ASHBERY.
“I think what we all want from art is a sense of fixity, a sense of opposing the chaos of daily living. This is an illusion, of course. What I’ve tried to capture is the reality of flux, to keep art an open, incomplete situation, to get at the rapture of seeing.” -- Ellsworth Kelly
Produced for an exhibition at the Matthew Marks Gallery in the Fall of 1992, Ellsworth Kelly's Plant Drawings presents nearly half a century of botanical portraiture, consisting mainly of contour drawings of leaves, stems, and flowers. Relying on line alone to convey depth, Kelly's drawings are reductive yet pronounced. In fact, Kelly insists that his drawings are “portraits of flowers, not anonymous”, with each panel corresponding to a specific plant found in his travels.
New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 1992. Octavo (9 3/4" x 12 1/4"), original white cloth, original dust jacket, numbered and signed by Ellsworth Kelly and John Ashbery, this being number 31 of 100 such copies. A wonderful reflection on abstraction in the natural world. A fine copy. RARE.
Price: $2,000 .