Robert Motherwell - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 17, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marisa del Re Gallery, New York; Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Manny Silverman Gallery, Robert Motherwell: Themes and Variations, 1984; New York, The Cooper Union, Robert Motherwell: The Dedalus Sketchbook and Other Works in the Joycean Mode, 1988; New York, Marisa del Re Gallery, Robert Motherwell: Selected Drawings, 1989

  • Artist Biography

    Robert Motherwell

    American • 1915 - 1991

    One of the youngest proponents of the Abstract Expressionist movement, Robert Motherwell rose to critical acclaim with his first solo exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century gallery in 1944. Not only was Motherwell one of the major practicing Abstract Expressionist artists, he was, in fact, the main intellectual driving force within the movement—corralling fellow New York painters such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Hans Hoffman and William Baziotes into his circle. Motherwell later coined the term the "New York School", a designation synonymous to Abstract Expressionism that loosely refers to a wide variety of non-objective work produced in New York between 1940 and 1960.

    During an over five-decade-long career, Motherwell created a large and powerful body of varied work that includes paintings, drawings, prints and collages. Motherwell's work is most generally characterized by simple shapes, broad color contrasts and a dynamic interplay between restrained and gestural brushstrokes. Above all, it demonstrates his approach to art-making as a response to the complexity of lived, and importantly felt, experience.

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Elegy Study

Ballpoint pen and ink on paper.
7 x 10 1/4 in. (17.8 x 26 cm).
Initialed and dated "RM 83" lower right.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York