Barakat Contemporary presents Robert Motherwell – Elegy.
Robert Motherwell (1915 – 1991) was one of the leaders in Abstract Expressionism, the most revolutionary movement in 20th century contemporary art. He was one of the first-generation of Abstract Expressionist group known as the New York School alongside Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko. Motherwell is also known as an artist who has made a milestone beyond his works by introducing America to European contemporary art, Dadaism in particular.
In 1948, Motherwell began the series, Elegy to the Spanish Republic, which became his most celebrated work. Intended as a work of mourning for the Spanish Civil War, it acquired the “elegy” name later on; the series would be seen as the best example of the artist’s approach to Abstract Expressionist painting. Consisting of different combinations of vertical rectangles or lines and ovals in black and white, the series share a profound philosophical message about life and death, inviting viewers to experience the power of all living things through consolation and meditation.
His artistic body of work is regarded as a representation of the very essence of 20th century modernist painting. Clement Greenberg, one of the most influential critics of American modernism, described Motherwell as “the very best of the Abstract Expressionist painters.” Robert Motherwell’s paintings and artistic approach would prove influential to many later artists; as a teacher, he instructed Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Cy Twombly.
The Elegy series currently on exhibition at Barakat Contemporary is Motherwell’s most fundamental painting collection. It is an opportunity to appreciate the historical and artistical important masterpieces of the 20th century, Robert Motherwell – Elegy.
Motherwell’s works are belongs to major museum’s collection such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, National Museum of Art Washington, Basel Museum of Art, Hara Museum of Art, Tate, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Smithsonian Museum of Art, Ireland Museum of Contemporary Art, Paul Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary art.Courtesy of Barakat Contemporary
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