[Camellia II, from Suite of Plant Lithographs, 1964-65
Transfer lithograph© Ellsworth Kelly and Maeght Editeur, Paris
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer]
Earlier this month, I mentioned a show opening in June at The Met, Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings, the first major museum exhibition focused only on the artist's figurative drawings of leaves, flowers, and plants. But right now, if you're in L.A., you can catch a sampling of his botanical lithographs included in Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings on view at LACMA through April 22. This West Coast show is the first retrospective of his substantial print work since 1988, with more than 100 prints and five paintings to explore. It's a chance to enjoy the mastery of vibrant color, for which Kelly is famous, as well as the less widely-known black-line plant and fruit studies.