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Robert Motherwell : what art holds

Author: Mary Ann Caws; Robert Motherwell
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1996.
Series: Interpretations in art.
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An eloquent personal exploration by a close friend, Robert Motherwell: What Art Holds is an essential addition to the literature on the artist and his work. Richly illustrated with pieces spanning his career - including twenty-one color platesthe book also includes never-before-published photographs of the artist himself. Mary Ann Caws discusses the artist's paintings, drawings, and collages in relation to the wide  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Robert Motherwell; Robert Motherwell; Robert Motherwell; Robert Motherwell
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Ann Caws; Robert Motherwell
ISBN: 0231096445 9780231096447
OCLC Number: 32704917
Notes: Errata sheet laid in.
Description: xxvii, 227 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Personal Criticism and the Essay Form --
Chronology: Living Art --
American from Here --
Repetitions, Series, and Risks --
Mallarme and His Swan, 1944 --
Motherwell and the Surrealists in New York --
Elegies for All of Us --
Reconciliation Elegy: An American Epic --
Dark Sounds --
Speaking of Solitude --
Hollowness, Postsymbolist Style --
So Many Possibilities --
The Open Series --
For the Opens --
Opening Onto Poetry: In Plato's Cave, 1972 --
Les Caves, 1976 --
Collage and Box: Motherwell and Cornell --
Collage, Lithographs, and the Mind --
Looking --
Easel and Studio: Giving and Sending --
The History of a Violence --
Giving --
The Night Music Series --
A Positive Misremembering --
Anchors and Waterscapes --
The Generosity of Prepositions --
Holding and Linking --
Writing on the Wall --
Setting Sail from Provincetown --
Five Interviews / Mary Ann Caws and Robert Motherwell.
Series Title: Interpretations in art.
Other Titles: What art holds
Responsibility: Mary Ann Caws.

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An eloquent personal exploration by a close friend, Robert Motherwell: What Art Holds is an essential addition to the literature on the artist and his work. Richly illustrated with pieces spanning his career - including twenty-one color platesthe book also includes never-before-published photographs of the artist himself. Mary Ann Caws discusses the artist's paintings, drawings, and collages in relation to the wide variety of American and European literature and philosophy Motherwell saw as central to his art. In a progression of critical meditations, Caws looks closely at series of his works, such as In Plato's Cave and Night Music, and at such great individual pieces as Gift, her inquiry gracefully encompassing the writings of Frost, Baudelaire, Mallarme, Kierkegaard, Stevens, and Garcia Lorca. Her reflections are grounded in an essential agreement with Motherwell that his work was a continuum: that his life and art were a matter of process, journey, and becoming, shaped by a willingness to experiment and to start over. Always returning to the uniquely American themes of openness and possibility in the artist's work, Caws explores Motherwell's use of series, his bold color combinations representing such complex issues as solitude and death, and the idea of giving and receiving seen in his technique of collage. The book concludes with five thoughtful interviews between Caws and Motherwell, published here for the first time, featuring discussions of the artist's relationship to surrealism, to Joseph Cornell, and to Mallarme. Infused with the special knowledge derived from a personal communion with Robert Motherwell's art, Mary Ann Caw's work will be an immeasurable source of discovery for lovers of both art and literature.

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