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Caviar20
Toronto
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Alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell is one of the great American Abstract Expressionist painters. His expressive canvases and collages resulted from a profound dedication to automatism, a method of spontaneous creation that attempts to express the inner workings of the human psyche. Motherwell’s most famous painting series, “Elegies to the Spanish Republic”—which he worked on for over 40 years—features bold, black shapes against fields of color and patches of white paint. His collages often integrated stamps, letters, musical scores, and boxes of Gauloise cigarettes. Motherwell’s work can be found in the public collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Tate. The artist has been the frequent subject of solo shows across Europe and the United States. At auction, Motherwell’s works have sold for more than $10 million. Respected as a writer and theorist, Motherwell forged close friendships with the European Surrealists and other intellectuals. He served as a vital link between the pre-war avant-garde in Europe and its post-war counterpart in New York.

High auction record
US$12.7m, Phillips, 2018
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Dedalus Foundation
Selected exhibitions
2020
Beside The Sea Online ExhibitionDedalus Foundation
2017
Motherwell: In the StudioDedalus Foundation
2016
A Process of Emphasis: Prints of Robert Motherwell, Works on Paper, 1971-1988Dedalus Foundation
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Africa, 1970

Hand-woven wool tapestry
60 × 50 in
152.4 × 127 cm
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Toronto
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C
Caviar20
Toronto
Medium

Alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell is one of the great American Abstract Expressionist painters. His expressive canvases and collages resulted from a profound dedication to automatism, a method of spontaneous creation that attempts to express the inner workings of the human psyche. Motherwell’s most famous painting series, “Elegies to the Spanish Republic”—which he worked on for over 40 years—features bold, black shapes against fields of color and patches of white paint. His collages often integrated stamps, letters, musical scores, and boxes of Gauloise cigarettes. Motherwell’s work can be found in the public collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Tate. The artist has been the frequent subject of solo shows across Europe and the United States. At auction, Motherwell’s works have sold for more than $10 million. Respected as a writer and theorist, Motherwell forged close friendships with the European Surrealists and other intellectuals. He served as a vital link between the pre-war avant-garde in Europe and its post-war counterpart in New York.

High auction record
US$12.7m, Phillips, 2018
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Dedalus Foundation
Selected exhibitions (3)
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