Robert Motherwell, ‘Ulysses by James Joyce’, Arion Press
Robert Motherwell, ‘Ulysses by James Joyce’, Arion Press
Robert Motherwell, ‘Ulysses by James Joyce’, Arion Press
Robert Motherwell, ‘Ulysses by James Joyce’, Arion Press
Robert Motherwell, ‘Ulysses by James Joyce’, Arion Press
Robert Motherwell, ‘Ulysses by James Joyce’, Arion Press
Robert Motherwell, ‘Ulysses by James Joyce’, Arion Press

Ulysses by James Joyce, with 40 etchings, of which 20 are in color, by Robert Motherwell, 1988.

Considered by many the greatest novel of the twentieth century, Joyce's Ulysses deserved this typographical tribute and the artistic contribution of a painter of international stature. Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), a founder of Abstract Expressionism, counted Joyce as his favorite modern author and drew upon the writings for titles to his paintings, drawings, and prints throughout his career. The project was four years in planning and a year and a half in production. The text benefits from current scholarship. The book and prints were exhibited at the gallery representing Motherwell, Knoedler & Company in New York City, in 1989.

Format: 12-3/4 by 9-3/4 inches, 838 numbered pages, plus blanks, and 40 unnumbered pages for the prints. The type is Monotype and handset Perpetua, printed by letterpress on French mouldmade Johannot. The intaglio printing was done by R. E. Townsend, Inc., Georgetown, Massachusetts, in black and 19 colors on heavier-weight Johannot. Bound with white, alum-tawed pigskin on the spine and fore-edges of the boards, which are covered in blue cloth with white flecks. The book is presented in a slipcase covered with the same fabric. Distributed with the edition is The Ulysses Etchings of Robert Motherwell, an interview with the artist by Professor David Hayman and a foreword by Andrew Hoyem, format 9-3/4 by 6-1/2 inches, 28 pages, in blue paper wrappers. Edition of 150 copies, the original price was $7,500.

Signature: Signed by Robert Motherwell

Publisher: Arion Press

This is a used book in very good condition. The slipcase is also in very good condition. The former owner purchased it as a new book from Arion Press.

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