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Open No. 37: In Orange with Charcoal Line

Artist:
Robert Motherwell (American, Aberdeen, Washington 1915–1991 Provincetown, Massachusetts)
Date:
1968
Medium:
Polymer paint and charcoal on canvas
Dimensions:
88 x 122 in. (223.5 x 309.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1969
Accession Number:
69.277.3
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and dated (upper left): RM 68
private collection, New York (1968–69; their gift to MMA)

New York. Marlborough–Gerson Gallery Inc. "Robert Motherwell: Selections from a Current Series 'Open' 1967–1969," May 13–June 7, 1969, unnumbered cat. (as "'Open' No. 37 in orange with charcoal line").

Toledo Museum of Art. "Paintings and Collages by Robert Motherwell," November 2–December 7, 1969, no catalogue.

Seattle Museum of Art. "Paintings and Collages by Robert Motherwell," January 9–February 15, 1970, no catalogue.

Palo Alto. Stanford University Art Museum. "New Works by Robert Motherwell," April 14–May 17, 1970, no catalogue.

Bronx County Courthouse. "Paintings from the Metropolitan, Pinturas del Metropolitano," May 12–June 13, 1971, no. 28 (as "'Open' No. 37, In Orange with Charcoal Line").

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Robert Motherwell's 'A la Pintura': The Genesis of a Book," October 24–December 3, 1972, not in catalogue.

H. H. Arnason. "Motherwell: The Window and the Wall." Art News 68 (Summer 1969), pp. 66, 68, ill. p. 51, calls it "Open, 37 in charcoal on orange".

Rosalind Krauss. "Robert Motherwell's New Paintings." Artforum 7 (May 1969), pp. 26–28, ill., calls it "Open #37, In Orange with Charcoal Line" in the caption and "Open No. 37" in the text.

Rita Simon. "Robert Motherwell: 'Open' Series at Marlborough–Gerson." Arts Magazine 43 (Summer 1969), ill. p. 34 (color, installation photo), calls it "Open No. 37".

Peter Schjeldahl. "New York Letter." Art International 13 (September 1969), ill. p. 73, calls it "Open No. 37".

Hilton Kramer. "Episodes from the Sixties." Art in America 58 (January–February 1970), ill. p. 61 (color), calls it "Open, No. 37".

James F. Pilgrim. Paintings from the Metropolitan, Pinturas del Metropolitano. Exh. cat., Bronx County Courthouse. New York, 1971, unpaginated, no. 28.

Henry Allen. "Motherwell: Palate–Pleasing." Washington Post (November 8, 1972), p. D3, calls it "Open in Orange No. 37".

Henry Geldzahler in "Twentieth Century Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, p. 211, ill., calls it "Open No. 37 in orange with charcoal line".

H. H. Arnason. Robert Motherwell. New York, 1977, p. 77, colorpl. 194, calls it "Open No. 37 (in Orange with Charcoal Line)".

H. H. Arnason. Robert Motherwell. 2nd rev. ed. (1st ed., 1977). New York, 1982, p.77, colorpl. 68, reprints Ref. Arnason 1977.

Eugene Victor Thaw. "The Abstract Expressionists." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 44 (Winter 1986–87), p. 49, fig. 44 (color), calls it "Open Number 37".

Jack Flam, Katy Rogers, and Tim Clifford. Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941–1991. Vol. 2, Paintings on Canvas and Panel. New Haven, 2012, pp. 240–42, 322, no. P430, ill. (color), note that in 1984 the artist numbered another work "Open No. 37A: In Orange" because of its similarity to this painting (1971, Art Gallery of Ontario, Flam et al. 2012 no. P619).



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