Robert motherwell open series a striking vibrancy gives the palpating its own personality the color fields and lines have a strong narrative quality to them and immediately include the viewer in their dialogue. Templon presents paintings never before shown in paris by the master abstract artist, robert motherwell the exhibition will feature some twenty works from the mythical series produced in the '70s. Robert motherwell worked on the open series for almost two decades, until the early 1980s as the series as the series progressed, the works become increasingly complex as the artist worked through all possible permutations of. Motherwell's open in ochre painting commands attention with its humbled authority its scale cannot be ignored as it stands on the line of the human experience and a higher power the work resolves an inner tension that it shares with the viewer it extends itself beyond the individual without compromising its specificity. Yellow - bern series 1983 55x39 by robert natkin robert motherwell | robert motherwell untitled (open) 1975.
Robert motherwell open series painting paul kasmin gallery chelsea manhattan new york. Robert motherwell (1915 - 1991) was an american abstract expressionist painter, a printmaker, and editor most famous for his elegy to the spanish republic (a series to many people's surprise), motherwell's work often contains bold background colours with thick asymmetrical paint strokes (often in black), such as red queen, homage á picasso, and of course as mentioned before, elegy to. This footage was filmed in motherwell's greenwich studio in april 1970 (painters painting: the new york art scene, 1940- 1970 a film by emile de.
Robert motherwell frequently worked in series, exploring a specific visual motif but often on different sized canvases, among which he tended to work back and forth simultaneously this work is related to his well-known open series (started in 1968): newly spare paintings in which a partial rectangle of black lines descends from the top. Donald kuspit, robert mattison, saul ostrow, and john yau, robert in robert motherwell's open series donald kuspit 103 robert motherwell: the poetic vision. Robert motherwell, he would put it through the variations that produced such series as open, the process of painting is a series of moral decisions about. By the end of the decade, paintings in his open series (1967, 69), he had abandoned abstract expressionism in favor of the new style from 1958 to 1971 motherwell was married to the american painter helen frankenthaler.
Motherwell's response to picasso and matisse are evident in his two series, elegies to the spanish republic, which he started in 1948, and the open paintings, which he began in 1967. View images of the exhibition and selected artworks robert motherwell, open series at templon, 30 rue beaubourg, paris, france. About robert motherwell finding his place in the abstract expressionism hall of fame alongside jackson pollock and mark rothko, robert motherwell is best known for his elegy to the spanish republic series which he worked on throughout his life—over 140 paintings memorializing the injustices of the spanish civil war featuring bold black shapes on a white background. From june 17th bernard jacobson gallery will exhibit a selection of important works from robert motherwell's open series started in 1967, and inspired by a chance juxtaposition of a large and small canvas, the open paintings occupied motherwell for nearly two decades. Is robert motherwell poised to catch up to his abstract expressionist peers the works in the open series are visually sparse and tranquil, robert motherwell, open no 164.
Robert motherwell was born in 1915 in aberdeen, washington, but moved to california as a child where he was influenced by the bright, open landscape motherwell studied literature and philosophy at stanford university, receiving a ba in 1937. Robert motherwell was an american artist and seminal abstract expressionist painter view robert motherwell's 5,337 artworks on artnet find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks for sale, the latest news, and sold auction prices. An articulate writer, motherwell was pegged early on as the intellectual of the group robert motherwell: open is the first examination of the painter's open series, which preoccupied him from 1967 until the last years of his life.
Robert motherwell you are following from 1968 on, his work became more contemplative, as in the open series, his response to the color field painting of that. Robert motherwell (1915-91), painter, printmaker, author and editor once opined that abstract art was a romantic response to modern life because it was rebellious, individualistic, unconventional. Motherwell returned to the elegies and open series at different times throughout his career they mark the two poles, elegiac and celebratory, of his oeuvre common to both, however, was the artist's engagement with the socio-political forces of each decade, from the existential doubt and indecision of the post-world war ii era to the. Robert motherwell worked on the open series for almost two decades, until the late 1970s and early 1980s as the series progressed, the works become increasingly complex as the artist worked through all possible permutations of these very limited means.