Medium
Condition
Perfect
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Recto, lower right: R Motherwell \ 73 Verso: R Motherwell \ 1973 Artist's studio number: P73-2956
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Frame
Included
Series
Open

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.

High auction record
$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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Black Open, 1973

Acrylic on canvas
72 × 36 in
182.9 × 91.4 cm
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London
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Medium
Condition
Perfect
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Recto, lower right: R Motherwell \ 73 Verso: R Motherwell \ 1973 Artist's studio number: P73-2956
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included
Series
Open

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.

High auction record
$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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