The Atrocity Exhibition

Have you heard the bad news?

Subtleties abound here — note how green fragments of a printed topographical map in 1945's View From a High Tower presage the sophistication of 1951's 9th Street Exhibition, in which highlights along the upper edges of stacked paper discs drift imperceptibly into shadow along the bottom.

Ezekiel 6:3: "I will bring a sword upon you, and destroy your high places."
Mack/Archive of Modern Conflict
Ezekiel 6:3: "I will bring a sword upon you, and destroy your high places."

If you thought you knew Motherwell through the black eminences of his mature "Elegy" paintings or the still surprising élan of his late "Open" canvases, this sterling survey will be a revelation: a youth unabashedly in search of earthy elegance.

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