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Sheer Presence: Monumental Paintings By Robert Motherwell

  • Robert Motherwell
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Press for Sheer Presence: Monumental Paintings By Robert Motherwell

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

Mar 21 - May 18, 2019


Where

Kasmin Gallery

  • 509 West 27th Street, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.563.4474

About

Kasmin is pleased to announce Sheer Presence: Monumental Paintings by Robert Motherwell, opening March 21, 2019, at the gallery’s flagship space at 509 West 27th Street. This unprecedented exhibition will be the first to focus solely on Motherwell’s approach to large-format painting and will be comprised of eight works spanning the 1960s - 1990, including a core group of paintings from the collection of The Dedalus Foundation. This will be the fourth exhibition on which Kasmin Gallery and The Dedalus Foundation have collaborated.

As one of the most novel and confident mark-makers of the Abstract Expressionist era, Motherwell consistently turned to the monumental canvas to pursue his lifelong ambition of realizing “sheer presence, beingness, as such, objectivity and true invention” (R. Motherwell, quoted in an interview with B. Robertson, “Robert Motherwell: Theme and Variations,” ART: New York, broadcast December 15, 1964).

For Motherwell, it was substantial scale that allowed for his intuitive gesturality to become amplified; resulting in paintings that are at once performative, dramatic and imposing. In 1965, Motherwell remarked, “The large format, at one blow, changed the century-long tendency of the French to domesticize modern painting, to make it intimate. We replaced the nude girl and the French door with a modern Stonehenge, with a sense of the sublime and the tragic that had not existed since Goya and Turner” (R. Motherwell, quoted in M. Kozloff, “An Interview With Robert Motherwell,” Artforum, September 1965, p. 37).

The paintings in the exhibition are representative of several major themes explored by Motherwell throughout his career. Dublin, 1916, with Black and Tan, 1963-64, at once alludes to the artist’s continued engagement with social and political ideas, and also reflects his pervading use of large, planar areas of color and spatial ambiguity. Also included in the exhibition is Open No. 97: The Spanish House, 1969, a striking composition from the artist’s seminal Open series. The work displays an expanse of vibrant orange, circumscribed by architectural lines. Its title refers to a house in the Spanish town of Cadaqués, a photograph of which Motherwell had on constant display in his studio—a testament to his enduring dedication to Spain as a subject.

Painted in 1989-90, shortly before Motherwell’s death, The Grand Inquisitor is a formidable example from one of the artist’s last major bodies of work, The Hollow Men. Strongly related to the imagery of Motherwell’s ubiquitous Spanish Elegy series, the abstract forms are set against a bright ochre and bold red ground. Together, the works in Sheer Presence manifest the grandest of Motherwell’s technical facilities and painterly achievements.


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