This is a focused exhibition devoted exclusively to Motherwell’s papier collés and related works on paper from the 1940s and early 1950s. It will re-examine the origins of the artist’s style and his revelatory encounter with the papier collé technique that he described in 1944 as “the greatest of our [art] discoveries.” Motherwell produced both abstracted figural collages and pure abstractions throughout the 1940s. However, by 1955 the Surrealist influences prevalent in these first works had given way to his distinctive mature style firmly rooted in Abstract Expressionism. Robert Motherwell. Early Collages will feature a compelling group of approximately 60 works drawn from the holdings of institutions and private collections in the United States and abroad. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue will offer a vital reassessment of Motherwell’s work in the collage medium.
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