Robert Motherwell, ‘Art Bulletin Collage with Cross’, Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 68

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Robert Motherwell: Collages, October - November 1968, cat. no. 1
Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Judge the Jury, March - April 1969
Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin; Iowa City, University of Iowa; Detroit Institute of Fine Arts; Portland, Reed College, Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper, March - October 1970, cat. no. 1
St. Gall, Galerie im Erker; Germany, Kunstverein Freiburg, Robert Motherwell: Bilder und Collagen 1967-1970, June - October 1971, cat. no. 19, pp. 32 and 34, illustrated in color
Houston, Museum of Fine Arts; Cleveland Museum of Art; Hardford, Wadsworth Atheneum; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, The Collages of Robert Motherwell: a retrospective exhibition, November 1972 - June 1973, cat. no. 35, pl. 12, pp. 40 and 83, illustrated in color
London, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Robert Motherwell: Collage, June - August 2013, p. 41, illustrated in color

Emily Wasserman, "New York," Artforum 7, No. 4, December 1968, p. 59
Irmeline Lebeer, "Robert Motherwell," Chroniques de l'Art Vivant, No. 22, July - August 1971, p. 11, illustrated
Kenneth Baker, "Motherwell, Metaphor, and the Thing Itself," Boston Phoenix, 1973, Sec. 2, p. 12
Mary Ann Caws, Robert Motherwell: What Art Holds, New York 1996, p. 159
Jack Flam, Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, Eds., Robert Motherwell: Paintings and Collages, A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991, Volume III, New Haven 2012, cat. no. C252, p. 141, illustrated in color

Dedalus Foundation, New York
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2013

About Robert Motherwell

Alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell is considered one of the great American Abstract Expressionist painters. His esteemed intellect not only undergirded his gorgeous, expressive paintings—frequently featuring bold black shapes against fields of color—but also made Motherwell one of the leading writers, theorists, and advocates of the New York School. He forged close friendships with the European Surrealists and other intellectuals over his interests in poetry and philosophy, and as such served as a vital link between the pre-war avant-garde in Europe and its post-war counterpart in New York, establishing automatism and psychoanalysis as central concerns of American abstraction. "It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous," Motherwell said. "It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.

American, 1915-1991, Aberdeen, Washington, based in New York and Greenwich, Connecticut