Robert Motherwell was one of many Abstract Expressionist artists who journeyed from New York City to the south to teach at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. The College now hosts exhibitions in their downtown Asheville galleries, and we were fortunate enough to loan them an exhibition of work by Motherwell for their summer show. Motherwell taught at Black Mountain in 1945 and again in 1951, a time when his ideas of automatism, collage and expressive brushstrokes were still developing. The exhibition contains paintings, drawings and prints from 1965-1990 with a focus on work relating to Irish author James Joyce, who Motherwell held in a very high regard. Also on view are a set of Lyric Suite drawings, done in 1965 as studies for a large (never realized) automatist mural.
On Thursday night (June 22), Jerald delivered a lecture on Motherwell and his art to patrons of the arts center.
Exhibition on view through September 2, 2017.
All Motherwell images © Copyright Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA, NY
Jerald with Alice Sebrell (Program Director) and Jeff Arnal (Executive Director)