AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE

Robert Motherwell’s early work comes to the Guggenheim

As one of the revolutionaries in the New York art movement of the 1940s, Robert Motherwell started a gang of sorts that included other abstract or “automatic” artists, as he called them, like Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, William Baziotes, and Willem de Kooning. And the leader of the gang, or at least the person who could actually sell their work, was Peggy Guggenheim, who gave Motherwell his first solo show. “Robert Motherwell: Early Collages” celebrates Ms. Guggenheim’s patronage as well as the artist, featuring about 60 works of his first experiments with cutting, tearing, and layering, a technique that, as he later recalled, helped him find his identity.
Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: Sept. 27. Continues through Jan. 5, 2013

 
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