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Robert Motherwell / Open
Through July 21, 2018 / Galerie Templon

Robert Motherwell

Galerie Templon is delighted to present a spectacular series of paintings, never before shown in Paris, by the American master of abstract art, Robert Motherwell. The exhibition will feature around twenty works from the mythical Open series produced in the 1970s.

In 1967, under the title Open, Robert Motherwell created a new series of work focusing on the theme of the window, previously explored by many artists, including Matisse, as a metaphor for the relationship between the inner world of emotions and outer world of the senses.

Intimate and meditative, the Open works are made up of simple planes of color broken up by three lines rendered in charcoal and forming loosely rectangular shapes. Fragments drawn on blocks of colors conjure up Motherwell’s ties to minimalism as well as, especially, the artist’s conceptual and philosophical standpoint, expressed in his exploration of the dualities between content and absence, space and surface.

Motherwell’s interest in the ‘stark beauty of dividing a flat, solid plane’ raises the question of the way in which nature has been altered by humans along with strictly artistic issues, such as the ‘viscosity of paint, of color fields, of the skin of the world’.

Robert Motherwell worked on the Open Series for almost two decades, until the early 1980s. As the series progressed, the works become increasingly complex as the artist worked through all possible permutations of these very limited means.

 

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell was born in 1915 in the USA and died in 1991. A leading figure in abstract expressionism, he was a painter, printmaker, editor and art critic. Thanks to his interest in philosophy, literature and poetry, he forged ties with the surrealist artists he met on his travels in Europe in 1935 and 1939. His early works were influenced by the simple forms and blocks of color that inhabited Matisse and Mondrian’s art.

A theorist and spokesman for the post-war New York School, his work bridged the European and American continents, incorporating the concept of automatism and psychoanalysis into American abstract art which he then promoted as the spearhead of a new international avant-garde.

 

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell taught throughout his life. His work has been extensively exhibited by the world’s top museums: in 1965, MoMA in New York presented a major retrospective of his work which travelled to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels and Museum Folkwang, Essen. Other retrospectives have been held in Düsseldorf (Städtische Kunsthalle, 1976), Paris (Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1977) and London (Royal Academy, 1978). A major exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY) in 1983 went on to travel to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington) and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The artist’s work has not been shown in Paris for over ten years.

 

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell’s paintings feature in the collections of leading museums, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Menil Collection (Houston), National Gallery of Art (Washington), Tate (London), Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland), Hara Museum (Tokyo), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao) and Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou (Paris).

 

Robert Motherwell / Open
Through July 21, 2018 / Galerie Templon
For more information please visit the exhibition page >

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Robert Motherwell / Open
Through July 21, 2018 / Galerie Templon

Robert Motherwell

Galerie Templon is delighted to present a spectacular series of paintings, never before shown in Paris, by the American master of abstract art, Robert Motherwell. The exhibition will feature around twenty works from the mythical Open series produced in the 1970s.

In 1967, under the title Open, Robert Motherwell created a new series of work focusing on the theme of the window, previously explored by many artists, including Matisse, as a metaphor for the relationship between the inner world of emotions and outer world of the senses.

Intimate and meditative, the Open works are made up of simple planes of color broken up by three lines rendered in charcoal and forming loosely rectangular shapes. Fragments drawn on blocks of colors conjure up Motherwell’s ties to minimalism as well as, especially, the artist’s conceptual and philosophical standpoint, expressed in his exploration of the dualities between content and absence, space and surface.

Motherwell’s interest in the ‘stark beauty of dividing a flat, solid plane’ raises the question of the way in which nature has been altered by humans along with strictly artistic issues, such as the ‘viscosity of paint, of color fields, of the skin of the world’.

Robert Motherwell worked on the Open Series for almost two decades, until the early 1980s. As the series progressed, the works become increasingly complex as the artist worked through all possible permutations of these very limited means.

 

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell was born in 1915 in the USA and died in 1991. A leading figure in abstract expressionism, he was a painter, printmaker, editor and art critic. Thanks to his interest in philosophy, literature and poetry, he forged ties with the surrealist artists he met on his travels in Europe in 1935 and 1939. His early works were influenced by the simple forms and blocks of color that inhabited Matisse and Mondrian’s art.

A theorist and spokesman for the post-war New York School, his work bridged the European and American continents, incorporating the concept of automatism and psychoanalysis into American abstract art which he then promoted as the spearhead of a new international avant-garde.

 

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell taught throughout his life. His work has been extensively exhibited by the world’s top museums: in 1965, MoMA in New York presented a major retrospective of his work which travelled to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels and Museum Folkwang, Essen. Other retrospectives have been held in Düsseldorf (Städtische Kunsthalle, 1976), Paris (Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1977) and London (Royal Academy, 1978). A major exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY) in 1983 went on to travel to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington) and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The artist’s work has not been shown in Paris for over ten years.

 

Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell’s paintings feature in the collections of leading museums, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Menil Collection (Houston), National Gallery of Art (Washington), Tate (London), Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland), Hara Museum (Tokyo), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao) and Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou (Paris).

 

Robert Motherwell / Open
Through July 21, 2018 / Galerie Templon
For more information please visit the exhibition page >