Thursday, May 31, 2012

SLU Museum of Art: Friday, 8 June 2012

Opening reception: Friday, June 8, 6 p.m.

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is pleased to present Robert Motherwell: Abstract Expressionist.” This collection, which will run from June 8 through July 22, brings together a wide range of this legendary artist’s works, revealing his efforts to redefine realism in art.

Derived from both public and private collections, this exhibition is organized by themes to highlight recurring concepts in Motherwell’s works: Elegy series, Gesture series, Open series, Collages and Prints.

While his medium and approaches vary, Motherwell’s works reveal his experimentation with paint and reflect his creativity, curiosity and cultural commentary through the abstract. Such expressions offer a portal into a greater sort of truth, which Motherwell believed was often lost in the distinctive rendering of a form.

Rejecting traditional art and its representations, he and his fellow Abstract Expressionists, including Jackson Pollack, Max Ernst and Andre Masson, among others, provided a pure and emotive response to reality with broad strokes against minimal background.


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