Robert Motherwell, ‘Motherwell at Sidney Janis Gallery (Lithograph Invitation)’, 1959, Alpha 137 Gallery

Extremely rare, historic limited edition lithograph poster/invitation/mailer for Robert Motherwell's 1959 exhibition at the legendary Sidney Janis Gallery from March 9-April 4, 1959. Exact number printed unknown, but few remain; rarely seen on the open market. There is one in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

Publisher: Sidney Janis Gallery, NYC

Sidney Janis Gallery.

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