Robert Motherwell, ‘Collaged Wall VI (for Arthur Berger)’, 1986, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
"They [collages] can’t be connected with objects from the everyday world, yet they are not just vague… It’s abstract like certain kinds of music in the sense that you’re not tied to any story or image."
Robert Motherwell
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed with the artist's initials and dated "RM 86" upper right

Houston, McClain Gallery, Robert Motherwell: Four Decades of Collage, October 12 - November 16, 2013, no. 4 (illustrated)

Jack Flam, Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, eds., Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991, Collages and Paintings on Paper and Paperboard, vol. 3, New Haven, 2012, no. C737, p. 341 (illustrated)

Isadore Familian (acquired in 1986)
Private Collection (acquired in 2002)
Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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