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The Guggenheim Museum is organizing an exhibition devoted exclusively to papier colles and related works on paper from the 1940s and early 1950s by the American artist Robert Motherwell. By reexamining the artist's origins and his engagement with this technique, which he described in 1944 as "the greatest of our [art] discoveries," the exhibition will investigate the artist's work during a pivotal decade in his career. Featuring approximately 50 artworks, the exhibition also honors Peggy Guggenheim's early patronage. At her urging, and under the tutelage of emigre Surrealist artist Roberto Matta, Motherwell first experimented with the papier colle technique. As he recalled years later "I might never have done it otherwise, and it was here that I found . . . my identity." The exhibition will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, in June 2013, and travel to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in September 2013. This exhibition is curated by Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions.
Pictured: Robert Motherwell, Personage (Autoportrait), December 9, 1943. Gouache, ink, and paper collage on paperboard, 103.8 x 65.9 cm. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Art © Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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