Robert Motherwell, ‘Irish Book ’, 1988, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

This collage includes a fragment of a 1985 print, Burning Sun. Although Motherwell signed and dated the work 1989, a studio slide taken in December 1988 shows the work already in its final form.

Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, Cooper Union, New York, Robert Motherwell: The Dedalus Sketchbook and Other Works in the Joycean Mode, 21 November - 3 December 1988, cat. no. 45.
Knoedler Gallery, New York, Robert Motherwell: New Work, 22 April - 25 May 1989.
Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Robert Motherwell: Paintings, 2-30 June 1989, colour illustration, n.p.
Janie C. Lee Gallery, Houston, October-December 1989

Gooding, M., 2013. Robert Motherwell: Collage. London: Bernard Jacobson Gallery, ill. p. 64.
Flam, J., Rogers, K., Clifford, T., 2012. Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné 1941 – 1991. New Haven: Yale University Press. Volume 3, Page 400, cat. rais. no. C817.

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