"The Abstract Expressionist artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was best known as a painter, but he also created a remarkable body of works on paper. The drawings, prints, and collages in this book show a more intimate side of his visual sensibility; they reveal the very personal "handwriting" of the artist as he responded to the subtleties of paper, both as a medium and a material. Motherwell was in fact a most extraordinary draftsman, as this volume testifies." "Reproduced in color and in a generous format are more than a hundred of the artist's finest works on paper. The book is published to accompany an exhibition at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University - an exhibition that was conceived and developed in discussions with the artist during the final year of his life. For this celebration of Motherwell's creative legacy, David Rosand has gathered a distinguished group of contributors. Together, their essays on different aspects of Motherwell's work create a complex picture of a multifaceted artist."--BOOK JACKET.
"In association with the Miriam and Ira D. Wallace Art Gallery, Columbia University."
Exhibition itinerary: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, January-March 1997; Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond, Virginia, September-November 1997; Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, March-May 1998.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-204) and index.
Preface: Gesture, Variation, Continuity / David Rosand
"My I": Toward an Iconography of the Self / David Rosand
The "Original Creative Principle": Motherwell and Psychic Automatism / Arthur C. Danto
Provisional Dualism: Robert Motherwell and Zen / Stephen Addiss
Robert Motherwell: Working Through the Night / Mary Ann Caws.
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