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MoMA Announces Major Gift of 25 Ellsworth Kelly Sketchbooks from Jack Shear

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art has received an exceptional gift of 25 sketchbooks by Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923–2015), providing invaluable insight into the career of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists. Containing some 1,700 pages of drawings and collages by Kelly, the books, which have rarely been seen or published, offer vast opportunities for new scholarship and exhibition. This generous gift from Jack Shear, Kelly’s partner for over 30 years and president of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, makes MoMA—together with the artist’s foundation—the definitive repository for such materials.

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Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #5, Paris, 1948. Ink on paper. 13 3/8 × 10 7/8 × 3/8″ (34 × 27.6 × 1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020

Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #17, Paris and Sanary, 1950-1952. Cut-and-pasted colored paper on paper. 8 1/2 × 5 3/8 × 1/2″ (21.6 × 13.7 × 1.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020

Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #27, New York, 1954-1958. Cut-and-pasted paper with pencil and ink on paper. 8 1/2 × 5 1/2 × 1 3/8″ (21.6 × 14 × 3.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020

Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #27, New York, 1954-1958. Cut-and-pasted printed paper with ink, colored ink and pencil on paper.  8 1/2 × 5 1/2 × 1 3/8″ (21.6 × 14 × 3.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020

Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #40, New York, 1959-1960. Pencil and colored ink on paper. 11 × 14 × 7/8″ (27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020

Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #47, 1961-1962. Pencil on paper. 17 1/4 × 14 × 1/2″ (43.8 × 35.6 × 1.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020

Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #54, 1965. Ink on paper. 21 1/4 × 14 7/8 × 5/8″ (54 × 37.8 × 1.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020

Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #56, New York, 1965. Cut-and-pasted colored paper on paper. 21 1/4 × 14 7/8 × 5/8″ (54 × 37.8 × 1.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020

Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #61, New York, 1968-1969. Colored ink and pencil on paper. 14 × 11 1/2 × 3/4″ (35.6 × 29.2 × 1.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020

Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #63, Spencertown, 1970. Ink on paper. 14 × 11 1/2 × 7/8″ (35.6 × 29.2 × 2.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020

Ellsworth Kelly. Page from Sketchbook #65, 1970. Pencil and colored ink on paper. 11 × 9 × 7/8″ (27.9 × 22.9 × 2.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jack Shear, 2020