Night and Day: Wednesday, September 8, 2004
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Of the great American artists who made up the Abstract Expressionist movement, Robert Motherwell was the one who didn’t burn out or die young. A converted philosopher, the native of Washington state took up painting in 1941 and produced paintings, collages, prints, and sketches until his death 50 years later. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has now gathered together its collection of this artist’s works for a show entitled Robert Motherwell from the Collection: 1941-1990.

The exhibit will feature works from Motherwell’s Open series, influenced by the interiors of Spanish houses and their windows. Stephen’s Iron Crown (a series inspired by James Joyce) and Drunk With Turpentine (a series in which he thinned black oil paint until it had the consistency of ink) are both here, and their severity is strongly reminiscent of Chinese calligraphy. The show also includes his uncharacteristically whimsical collage “Je t’aime With Gauloise Blue.” Still, Motherwell’s most famous works are his Elegies for the Spanish Republic, done in the early 1950s. These paintings are here as well, and at a time when so much contemporary art is busy and colorful, these large, stark, black-on-white canvases remain primal, elemental landmarks of 20th century art.

Robert Motherwell from the Collection: 1941-1990 runs Sep 12-Nov 28 at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Admission is $4-6. Call 817-738-9215.


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