Ellsworth Kelly: Reliefs 2009–2010

Ellsworth Kelly: Reliefs 2009–2010

Matsumoto Incorporated, New York, New York, 2010


Project brief: This slim catalogue documents a gallery exhibition by the artist Ellsworth Kelly.

Approach: The artist, who is 88 years old, still paints nearly every day. For the front and back cover and the frontispiece, black-and-white photographs of Kelly at work in his studio were reproduced, echoing the palette of the artworks inside. The photographs, which show the artist and his studio walls and floor splattered with paint, are a contrast to the pristine and geometric artworks inside.

Effectiveness: The large trim size and minimal layout allowed the artist’s work to speak for itself.

Juror Notes

Brilliant! A book about painting with a cover that’s a blank canvas.

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2010
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book, Book cover


Design firm
Matsumoto Incorporated
Art director
Takaaki Matsumoto
Takaaki Matsumoto
Robert Storr
Meridian Printing