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Kasmin Gallery

Early Paintings

  • Robert Motherwell
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    Robert Motherwell, La Belle Mexicaine (Maria), 1941

Press for Early Paintings

Current Exhibitions at Kasmin Gallery


Indeterminate Hypothesis

  • Bernar Venet,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 12, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painters of the East End

  • Mary Abbott,
  • Nell Blaine,
  • Perle Fine,
  • Helen Frankenthaler,
  • Jane Freilicher,
  • Elaine de Kooning,
  • Lee Krasner,
  • Joan Mitchell,
  • Charlotte Park,
  • Betty Parsons,
  • Jane Wilson,
  • Opens: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Levity/Density

  • Alexander Calder,
  • John Chamberlain,
  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Alicja Kwade,
  • George Rickey,
  • Joel Shapiro,
  • David Smith,
  • Opens: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Monuments

  • James Nares,
  • Opens: May. 23, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brancusi: The Photographer

  • Constantin Brancusi,
  • Opens: May. 16, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2019
  • Reception: May. 16, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Corks

  • Jasper Morrison,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sheer Presence: Monumental Paintings By Robert Motherwell

  • Robert Motherwell
  • Opens: Mar. 21, 2019
  • Closes: May. 18, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Plants, Minerals, And Animals

  • David Wiseman,
  • Opens: Mar. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dedicated

  • Naama Tsabar,
  • Opens: Mar. 13, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Different Pose

  • Jan-Ole Schiemann,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

weald

  • Theodora Allen,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 09, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polaroid Portraits

  • Andy Warhol,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Les Lalanne

  • Les Lalanne,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works from the Collection of John Ashbery

  • Alex Katz,
  • Jane Freilicher,
  • Helen Frankenthaler,
  • Fairfield Porter,
  • Joe Brainard,
  • Larry Rivers,
  • Group show,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Barbary

  • Walton Ford,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brancusi & Duchamp: The Art of Dialogue

  • Constantin Brancusi,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Opens: Sep. 20, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mural Studies

  • Lee Krasner,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lines Thicken: Stuart Davis in Black and White

  • Stuart Davis,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SEED - curated by Yvonne Force

  • Theodora Allen,
  • Morgan Blair,
  • Sascha Braunig,
  • Cecily Brown,
  • Ginny Casey,
  • Jessica Craig-Martin,
  • Lacey Dorn,
  • Rachel Feinstein,
  • Vanessa German,
  • Loie Hollowell,
  • Shara Hughes,
  • Baseera Khan,
  • Sanam Khatibi,
  • Kate Klingbeil,
  • Hein Koh,
  • Emily Marie Miller,
  • Wangechi Mutu,
  • Sophia Narrett,
  • Katherina Olschbaur,
  • Yoko Ono,
  • Ebony G. Patterson,
  • Sarah Peters,
  • Ruby Sky Stiler,
  • Claire Tabouret,
  • Ambera Wellmann,
  • Summer Wheat,
  • Robin F. Williams,
  • HieJin Yoo,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Sarah Zapata,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Almost Solid Light: New Work from Mexico

  • Adrián S. Bará,
  • José Davila,
  • Pablo Davila,
  • Cynthia Gutiérrez,
  • Circe Irasema,
  • Valentina Jager,
  • Mario Navarro,
  • Jerónimo Reyes Retana,
  • Gabriel Rico,
  • Javier M. Rodríguez,
  • Claudia Peña Salinas,
  • Federico Pérez Villoro,
  • Tezontle,
  • Fabiola Torres-Alzaga,
  • Alvaro Ugarte,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Elliott Puckette,
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Hare is Metaphor

  • Barry Flanagan,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings from the 1950's

  • Jane Freilicher,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Oedipus

  • Saint Clair Cemin,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fra Angelico / Opus Operantis

  • Robert Polidori,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cut Outs

  • Alex Katz,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Indiana

  • Robert Indiana,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Landscapes

  • Tina Barney,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Money Shot

  • Judith Bernstein,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Umber Paintings

  • Lee Krasner,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper, 1961 – 2009

  • David Hockney,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Caryatides

  • Bosco Sodi,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

ONE NIGHT EVENT: Book Signing

  • Tina Barney,
  • Peter Galassi,
  • Opens: Oct. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 05, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Enormity of the Possible

  • Milton Avery,
  • Charles Burchfield,
  • Stuart Davis,
  • Elie Nadelman,
  • Helen Torr,
  • John Mari,
  • Mark Rothko,
  • Jackson Pollock,
  • Lee Krasner,
  • Gaston Lachaise,
  • Arthur Dove,
  • Oscar Bluemner,
  • Charles Demuth,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Art of Collage

  • Robert Motherwell
  • Opens: Apr. 14, 2016
  • Closes: May. 21, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Watercolors

  • Walton Ford,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Life in Death

  • Chaim Soutine,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mute Parade

  • Iván Navarro,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper, 1951 - 1991

  • Robert Motherwell
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 03, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Myth and Math

  • Saint Clair Cemin,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Four Decades

  • Tina Barney,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bloodflames Revisited

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Jiri Georg Dokoupil,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The New York School, 1969: Henry Geldzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Alexander Caler,
  • John Chamberlain,
  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Adolph Gottlieb,
  • Hans Hoffman,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Roy Lichtenstein,
  • Morris Louis,
  • Robert Morris,
  • Robert Motherwell
  • Isamu Noguchi,
  • Kenneth Noland,
  • Claes Oldenberg,
  • Jules Olitski,
  • Robert Rauschenberg,
  • James Rosenquist,
  • Frank Stella,
  • Andy Warhol,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Naturalia

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

High Speed Drawings

  • James Nares,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future

  • Nir Hod,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Copley: Women

  • William N. Copley,
  • Opens: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings, 1962 - 1973

  • William N. Copley,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

No Kidding

  • Deborah Kass,
  • Opens: Dec. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Dec. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Written Trace, curated by Ariella Wolens

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Moment

  • Santi Moix,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Two Rooms

  • Will Ryman,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Shape as Form

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 10, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Angles

  • Bernar Venet,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 25, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Les Lalanne

  • François-Xavier Lalanne,
  • Claude Lalanne,
  • Opens: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Acephalous Series

  • Laylah Ali,
  • Opens: Mar. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Caio Fonseca,
  • Opens: Mar. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nyoman Masriadi

  • Nyoman Masriadi,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Psyche

  • Saint Clair Cemin,
  • Opens: May. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Celestial Tales

  • Tai Xiangzhou,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 03, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lost Downtown

  • Peter Hujar,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Transboundary

  • Naama Tsabar,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

We now must say goodbye

  • Taner Ceylan,
  • Opens: Oct. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blancs

  • Simon Hantai,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 05, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paramyths, Sculpture 1934 – 1967

  • Max Ernst,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 05, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unbalanced

  • Kenneth Noland,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Morris Louis/Landon Metz

  • Morris Louis,
  • Landon Metz,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 09, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PORTRAITS

  • James Nares,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thermoplastic Flux

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Doubletake

  • Ian Davenport,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Farewell Transmission

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 01, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arcs

  • Bernar Venet,
  • Opens: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Les Lalanne

  • Les Lalanne,
  • Opens: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Art of Whipped Cream

  • Mark Ryden,
  • Opens: May. 20, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 21, 2017
  • Reception: May. 20, 2017
  • Hours: 4 - 6pm
  • Admission: free

Impasse Ronsin

  • Constantin Brancusi,
  • William N. Copley,
  • Max Ernst,
  • Yves Klein,
  • Les Lalanne,
  • Larry Rivers,
  • Niki de Saint Phalle,
  • Jean Tinguely,
  • Jimmy Metcalf,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Big Brother: Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers

  • Max Ernst,
  • Opens: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Closes: May. 13, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Farewell Transmission

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 01, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Curators’ Eggs

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Paintings

  • Robert Motherwell
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 07 - Oct 28, 2017

  • Reception: Sep 07, 6 - 8pm

Where

Kasmin Gallery

  • 293 10th Ave, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.563.4474

About

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce a forthcoming exhibition of the early paintings of Robert Motherwell, which will open on September 7, 2017. Comprised solely of paintings from the 1940s and early 1950s, the exhibition will be one of only two such solo presentations to focus on the artist’s early explorations in painting, and the first in New York City.

The paintings from this period trace Motherwell’s emergence from an initial Surrealist influence to the more gestural and expressionist paintings for which he has become canonized. Building on the revelation of Motherwell’s innovative approach to art-making that was solidified by the well-received exhibition, Robert Motherwell: Early Collages, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2013, this show aims to delve deeper into the artist’s ever-oscillating positions between representation and abstraction; automatism and pre-determination; and object versus image.

Motherwell began his artistic career in earnest in 1941 following a visit with Surrealist painter Roberto Matta to Mexico City. Motherwell was encouraged by Meyer Schapiro to abandon his theoretical studies at Columbia University in favor of a studio art practice. His first compositions were rooted in figuration, but populated by gestural brushwork that foreshadowed his growing affinity for pure abstraction. Reunited for the first time in this exhibition are Motherwell’s first two realized paintings as an avowed artist, La Belle Mexicaine (Maria), 1941, and Three Figures, c. 1941, which has never before been on public view.

In 1942, Motherwell was profoundly impacted by the first New York solo exhibition of Piet Mondrian, the father of De Stijl whose minimalist abstractions were on display at the Valentine Gallery. The exhibition, which Motherwell visited “nearly a dozen times,” prompted the artist to organize his pictorial space geometrically while retaining a painterliness and allusion to narrative. This approach is evident in Recuerdo de Coyoacán, 1942, and The Sentinel, 1942, the latter of which was the first Motherwell work acquired by Peggy Guggenheim.

The Spanish Prison (Window), 1943-44, was included in the artist’s first solo exhibition at Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery in 1944, and is indicative of the evolution of his geometric compositions. The imposing vertical bands that punctuate the composition foreshadow the iconic Spanish Elegy series, and Motherwell would comment in the catalogue for his solo exhibition at Samuel Kootz Gallery in 1950 that it was in fact “the first of the Spanish Elegies.” The painting was eventually selected by Motherwell and Frank O’Hara for the artist’s first major traveling retrospective,
organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1965.

As the 1940s progressed, Motherwell continued to push his painting and collage techniques simultaneously, which led to inevitable compositional crossover. In works such as Line Figure on Green, 1945, and Orange Personage, 1947, the stark layering of hard-edged forms, while painted, evokes the organizational ambitions of the revolutionary collages that were emerging from his studio at the same time.


Robert Motherwell: Early Paintings will be on view at 293 Tenth Avenue through October 28, 2017. The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Dedalus Foundation and will be accompanied by a comprehensive and fully illustrated exhibition catalogue.


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