Robert Motherwell American, 1915-1991


The youngest of all the Abstract Expressionists, Robert Motherwell was a major force in American art for nearly fifty years and is renown to this day for his international stature as a painter, collagist, and printmaker. One of the most celebrated artists of the post-war period, Motherwell pioneered Abstract Expressionism alongside Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Franz Kline, becoming an artist of international stature. His career encompassed more than five decades, and he received virtually every honor accorded to an artist. His work has been the subject of countless museum exhibitions and publications.

Awards and Memberships

Guggenheim International Award of Merit in 1964

Mayor's Award of Honor for Arts and Culture of the City of New York, 1981

Edward MacDowell Colony Medal, 1985

National Medal of Arts, 1989

La Medalla de Oro de Bellas Artes, Spain, 1989

National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1970

Museums and Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Art Collection of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia

Art Institute of Chicago

Ball State Museum of Art, Indiana

Canton Museum of Art, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire

Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa

Hammer Museum, California

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, New York

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University

Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Museum of the National Academy of Design, New York City

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma

Orlando Museum of Art, Florida

Palm Springs Desert Museum, California

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska

Smith College Museum of Art, Massachusetts

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas

Tate Gallery, London, UK

Huntington Library, California

Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth

Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, Kansas

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas

Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris

Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York

Tate Modern, London, England

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

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