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Saturday, May 31 • 10:30am - 11:00am
(Book and Paper Session) Made of Paper: Robert Motherwell's Collage Materials in the 1940s

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The American artist, Robert Motherwell (1915–1991), had a passionate relationship with collage, producing nearly 900 works over the course of his career. He first experimented with the medium following an invitation by Peggy Guggenheim (1898–1979) to participate in her groundbreaking 1943 collage exhibition at her New York gallery, Art of This Century. Motherwell was instantly drawn to collage and continued to experiment with the process, creating a unique and very personal group of early works in the 1940s.

A technical study of Motherwell’s early collage materials was conducted in conjunction with a 2013 exhibition, Robert Motherwell: Early Collages, organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.  This study identifies a refined palette of different papers, paints, and adhesives that Motherwell used extensively during this initial period of discovery. Motherwell’s choice of materials and the techniques he used are also discussed in relation to his experiences as a young artist and the growing shift toward Abstract Expressionism in America in the 1940s. In addition, Motherwell’s thoughts on visual changes to his work and the potential for conservation intervention are also presented.


Jeffrey Warda

Conservator, Paper, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Jeffrey Warda is Conservator, Paper, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. He was chair of both the Electronic Media Specialty Group (EMG) from 2006 to 2008 and the Digital Photographic Documentation Task Force of AIC from 2007 to 2008. His is co-author and editor of The... Read More →

Saturday May 31, 2014 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom A