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The Baltimore Museum of Art. Bequest of Saidie A. May, BMA 1951.344

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

Solo Shows on Artsy

Motherwell at 100, Dedalus Foundation, New York
Robert Motherwell: A Centennial Celebration, Dedalus Foundation, Provincetown
Motherwell as Printmaker: The Artist at Work, Dedalus Foundation, Brooklyn
Robert Motherwell: The Art of the Collage, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Robert Motherwell: Black, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper, 1951 - 1991, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Robert Motherwell: Collage, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Robert Motherwell: Prints from the Artist's Studio , Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

Group Shows on Artsy

Group Show, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
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