Kelly first conceived Line Form Color in 1951 as a series of studies, both drawings and collages. Later that year he applied to the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for a grant to produce a book, "an alphabet of plastic pictorial elements, " but the application was not successful. Almost 50 years later, Kelly finally brought Line Form Color to completion as a slipcased two volume softcover edition.
The forty plates comprising the primary volume are full scale reproductions of the original collages/drawings, while the second smaller volume contains a 24 page essay by Harry Cooper, curator of modern art at the Harvard University Art Museums. This publication was published in 1999 by Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA), and printed by Heinrich Winterscheidt (Dusseldorf, Germany).
The overall dimensions of the slipcase measures 7.75" x 8" x. This copy is in very nice condition. The original slipcase is very clean with very minor corner wear and a crease through the spine as shown.
Both volumes are in excellent condition with no staining, rips or tears to the covers or pages. This copy is prominently signed by Kelly in black ballpoint ink on the last page of the main volume as shown. There is also a very small inventory number handwritten in light pencil written on the back flyleaf page. The item "Rare ELLSWORTH KELLY 1st edition signed book 1999 LINE FORM COLOR VGC" is in sale since Friday, October 12, 2018. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible".The seller is "mwd1287" and is located in Cleveland, Ohio. This item can be shipped worldwide.