Robert Motherwell lived on 8th Street in Greenwich Village during the 1940s. It was while living here that he met the legendary art collector Peggy Guggenheim who convinced this Harvard academic to try collage. With his friend Jackson Pollack he spend an afternoon making collage (image # 2 below:Untitled, 1943) which would then turn in to a decade of working in the medium.
Yesterday the Guggenheim opened a dedicated exhibition to the decade in which Motherwell created collage. The images in this piece don’t do the works justice, they truly have to be seen to be believed. The mostly large-scale images are made by meticulously cutting and tearing beautiful papers and creating works that would go to be the foundation for the Abstract Expressionism movement. The style lover in us couldn’t help but be impressed by the artist’s extraordinary ability to marry color, texture and design together to absolutely staggering effect.
Robert Motherwell: Early Collages. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York (at 89th Street). September 27th 2013 – January 5th 2014
Robert Motherwell *Pancho Villa, Dead and Alive, 1943 The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Purchase *Blue with China Ink (Homage to John Cage), 1946 Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, Gift of Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935 *Untitled, 1943 Galerie Jaeger Bucher/Jeanne-Bucher, Paris