Ellsworth Kelly's Austin


Co-published in 2020 with Radius Books, this comprehensive book provides a thorough look at the project, from its inception to its current position as one of the artist’s most important and enduring works. An incisive, thorough essay by Blanton Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs Carter E. Foster includes archival material, drawings, historic photographs, and nearly all related works Kelly created as he developed the building’s design. The perfect companion to your coffee table art book selection.

There are two editions, a hardcover and a softcover. The softcover edition is available for purchase in our Museum Shop for $35.00. Call our shop on 512.475.6406 during regular business hours to order your copy.

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Photo of Ellsworth Kelly: Austin books on shelf.

The exhibition Form into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Austin’ on view at the Blanton from February 18, 2018 to April 29, 2018 explored Austin’s conceptual origins from throughout Kelly’s seven-decade career.

In the Gallery Guide below, you can delve into the four sections that illuminate Kelly’s explorations of Austin’s major motifs: Spectrum, Black and White, Color Grid, and Totem. These formal concepts were deeply meaningful to him throughout his career, and he created them in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.