Robert Motherwell - Evening & Day Editions New York Friday, October 25, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Siri Engberg and Joan Banach 445.1-22, and 446-467

  • 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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From an Important Chicago Collection


Ulysses portfolio; and book

The deluxe set including the suite of 22 etchings (20 in colors), on Johannot paper, with full margins, all contained in the original blue cloth-covered clamshell portfolio with printed label, and novel by James Joyce, the suite loose and the book bound (as issued).
I. (20) 4 3/8 x 6 1/8 in. (11.1 x 15.6 cm)
(2) 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (15.6 x 15.6 cm)
all S. 13 x 10 in. (33 x 25.4 cm)
Portfolio 14 x 10 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (35.6 x 27 x 4.1 cm)
Book 13 1/2 x 11 x 5 in. (34.3 x 27.9 x 12.7 cm)

The loose prints signed with initials and numbered 'PP V/V' in pencil (a printer's proof set, the edition was 150 and 5 artist's proofs), the book signed and numbered by Andrew Hoyem (the designer) in pencil on the limitation page, published by Arion Press, San Francisco, the book contained in the original blue silk-covered cover with leather trim and matching slipcase, the 22 loose etchings all framed.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $32,500

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 25 October 2019