Robert Motherwell: London Series

Friday, September 15, 2017 10:00 AM - Saturday, January 6, 2018 5:00 PM
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX 79601
ROBERT MOTHERWELL, Untitled – Blue, London Series I, 1971, serigraph, on J.B. Green mould-made Double Elephant paper, Collection of The Grace Museum, Gift of Sanford Robertson

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) studied art and philosophy in several schools before he attended Columbia University in New York. While in New York he met several Surrealist artists with whom he exchanged artistic and philosophical theories. Through his frequent experimentation with various media, he became an important Abstract Expressionist painter and central figure in postwar American art. Incorporating many of the ideas set forth in his paintings and drawings, his prints form an extraordinary compendium of a career spent investigating the modernist tradition of the power of color and contemporary abstraction. A renowned and innovative printmaker, Motherwell produced London Series and London Series II in 1971, displaying the skill with which he could express the monumentality of his paintings in his graphic work. Motherwell’s work is part of many public collections including the Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Britain, London, England; Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Grace Museum.