Robert Motherwell: Summer of 1971

Robert Motherwell: Summer of 1971

USA, 1972, 55 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Documentary

Following the film, join Clyfford Still Museum staff and Nancy Tieken of the Denver Art Museum for a post film Q&A session. Nancy has served as a curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum, where she wrote the companion guide for Focus: Robert Motherwell, on view now at the Denver Art Museum. She was involved in bringing the Motherwell collection to Denver.

At work on his Elegies and Windows series, Motherwell examines his place in the Abstract Expressionist movement, which he calls the first original American movement in the "mainstream," and its practitioners "the last romantics." He distinguishes between his large paintings and his intimate papier collée. Motherwell recollects the state of American art in the 1940s and the impact of European emigré painters on the younger generation of emerging artists. He discusses the significance of collage, or papier collée, as an artist's medium and explains how he first became involved with this process. Motherwell offers his interpretations of earlier directions in art and his response to the object oriented painting that emerged in America in the 1960s. A unique document of one of the founding members of the New York School. He died in 1991.

DIRECTOR: Michael Blackwood

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