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Robert Motherwell : the Dedalus sketchbooks

Author: Robert Motherwell; Constance W Glenn; Jack Glenn
Publisher: New York : H.N. Abrams, 1988.
Series: Abrams artist's sketchbook.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Books - the great literature that fuels his imagination, the little-known sketchbooks he has kept over the years, or the splendid livres de luxe he has created - have always played a critical role in the life and art of renowned Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell. Since his rise to fame as a founder of the New York School during the 1940s, he has consistently returned to the works of the great Irish writer  Read more...
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Motherwell, Robert.
Robert Motherwell.
New York : H.N. Abrams, 1988
(OCoLC)568748826
Named Person: Robert Motherwell; James Joyce; Robert Motherwell; James Joyce; Robert Motherwell; James Joyce; Robert Motherwell; ROBERT MOTHERWELL; Robert Motherwell; James Joyce
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Motherwell; Constance W Glenn; Jack Glenn
ISBN: 0810923955 9780810923959 0810949903 9780810949904
OCLC Number: 17354573
Description: [8] pages, [26] leaves of plates : all illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Abrams artist's sketchbook.
Other Titles: Dedalus sketchbooks.
Responsibility: selected and edited by Constance and Jack Glenn ; introduction by Constance Glenn.

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Books - the great literature that fuels his imagination, the little-known sketchbooks he has kept over the years, or the splendid livres de luxe he has created - have always played a critical role in the life and art of renowned Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell. Since his rise to fame as a founder of the New York School during the 1940s, he has consistently returned to the works of the great Irish writer James Joyce - most especially to Ulysses and the odyssey of Stephen Dedalus - for inspiration. During the summer of 1982 preparations for an important international Joyce symposium in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where Motherwell has long kept a small studio, prompted him to fill two sketchbooks with pen-and-ink drawings in the spirit of Joyce's explorations. The drawings, all of which are reproduced in this volume, are unselfconscious and intuitive. Most of these informal, witty, and characteristically lyrical sketches are closely related to visual themes Motherwell has developed in his paintings; but others are surprisingly direct and accessiblel evocations of Joyce's characters - Leopold and Molly Bloom and Stephen Dedalus. The Dedalus Sketchbooks therefore offers an unparalleled opportunity to see the artist's inspiration take form in intriguing and intimate ways. Motherwell's famous bold shapes and gestures are here stripped down to eloquent, simple divisions of space that formally and spiritually tell us much about the creative process. -- from back cover.

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