Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Lyric Suite

Artist:
Robert Motherwell (American, Aberdeen, Washington 1915–1991 Provincetown, Massachusetts)
Date:
1965
Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
11 1/8 x 9 in. (28.3 x 22.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Dedalus Foundation Inc., 2007
Accession Number:
2007.326.6
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (upper right, in pencil): RM
the artist (1965–d. 1991); Dedalus Foundation, New York (1991–2007; their gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Robert Motherwell: Lyric Suite," February 2–July 26, 2015, no catalogue.

Frank O'Hara. Robert Motherwell. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 1965, pp. 8, 18.

Kynaston McShine in Frank O'Hara. Robert Motherwell. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 1965, p. 84, notes that during six weeks between April and May 1965, that artist created hundreds of drawings, later called "Lyric Suite".

H. H. Arnason. "Robert Motherwell: The Years 1948 to 1965." Art International 10 (April 20, 1966), p. 38.

Sam Hunter in Robert Motherwell: Recent Work. Exh. cat., Art Museum, Princeton University. Princeton, 1973, p. 9.

Peter S. Rohowsky in Robert Motherwell: Recent Work. Exh. cat., Art Museum, Princeton University. Princeton, 1973, p. 41.

H. H. Arnason. "Robert Motherwell: 1966–1976." Art International 20 (October–November 1976), pp. 9–10, 56, notes that the artist stopped work on the "Lyric Suite" series following the death of his close friend, the sculptor David Smith; states that Motherwell sought to "monumentalize some of the freedom of the darker, more tragic" works in the series into his commissioned mural for the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston.

Robert C. Hobbs in Robert Motherwell. Exh. cat., Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf, 1976, pp. 39, 48.

H. H. Arnason. Robert Motherwell. New York, 1977, pp. 67–68.

Jack Flam. Robert Motherwell: Drawings, a Retrospective, 1941 to the Present. Exh. cat., Janie C. Lee Gallery. Houston, 1979, unpaginated.

Robert Motherwell in Stephanie Terenzio. Robert Motherwell and Black. Exh. cat., William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs. New York, 1980, p. 145.

H. H. Arnason. Robert Motherwell. 2nd rev. ed. (1st ed., 1977). New York, 1982, pp. 67–68.

Dore Ashton in Robert Motherwell. Exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. New York, [1983], pp. 47, 51.

Harry F. Gaugh. "Elegy for an Exhibition." Art News 85 (March 1985), p. 74.

Robert Motherwell in Marcelin Pleynet. Robert Motherwell. Paris, 1989, pp. 110, 156.

Stephen Polcari. Abstract Expressionism and the Modern Experience. Cambridge, 1991, pp. 308, 318.

Jack Flam. Motherwell. New York, 1991, p. 25.

April Kingsley. The Turning Point: The Abstract Expressionists and the Transformation of American Art. New York, 1992, p. 318.

Stephanie Terenzio, ed. The Collected Writings of Robert Motherwell. New York, 1992, pp. 170–73, publishes excerpts from the artist's addenda to the Museum of Modern Art, New York's questionnaire sent to Motherwell following his donation of several "Lyric Suite" drawings.

Mary Ann Caws. Robert Motherwell: What Art Holds. New York, 1996, pp. xxiv, 2–3, 90.

David Rosand in Robert Motherwell on Paper: Drawings, Prints, Collages. Ed. David Rosand. Exh. cat., Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University. New York, 1997, pp. 23–25.

Arthur C. Danto in Robert Motherwell on Paper: Drawings, Prints, Collages. Ed. David Rosand. Exh. cat., Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University. New York, 1997, p. 57.

Stephen Addiss in Robert Motherwell on Paper: Drawings, Prints, Collages. Ed. David Rosand. Exh. cat., Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University. New York, 1997, pp. 59–60.

Mary Ann Caws in Robert Motherwell on Paper: Drawings, Prints, Collages. Ed. David Rosand. Exh. cat., Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University. New York, 1997, pp. 82, 89.

Dore Ashton in Motherwell. Exh. cat., Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona. Madrid, 1997, p. 41.

Jean-Luc Chalumeau. Motherwell: 1915–1991. Paris, 1998, pp. 9, 45–46.

Corinna Thierolf. Amerikanische Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts in der Pinakothek der Moderne. Ostfildern–Ruit, 2002, p. 318.

Siri Engberg in Siri Engberg and Joan Banach. Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940–1991 Catalogue Raisonné. Minneapolis, 2003, p. 19.

Joan Banach in Siri Engberg and Joan Banach. Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940–1991 Catalogue Raisonné. Minneapolis, 2003, p. 47.

Mary Ann Caws. Robert Motherwell: With Pen and Brush. London, 2003, pp. 89–92, 116, 130, 147, 176.

Mary Ann Caws. "Robert Motherwell and the Modern Painter's World." Artists, Intellectuals, and World War II: The Pontigny Encounters at Mount Holyoke College, 1942–1944. [Amherst], November 6–8, 2005, p. 120.

Robert Hobbs. "Motherwell's 'Opens': Heidegger, Mallarmé, and Zen." Robert Motherwell: Open. London, 2009, pp. 57–58, 62, 64.

Jack Flam in Jack Flam, Katy Rogers, and Tim Clifford. Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941–1991. Vol. 1, Essays and References. New Haven, 2012, pp. 102–4, 108, 161.

Bernard Jacobson. Robert Motherwell: The Making of an American Giant. [London], 2015, pp. 90, 94–95.



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