Robert Motherwell - Portrait

Robert Motherwell

United States 1915 - 1991

Abstract Expressionism, Painting, Collage, Drawing

Robert Motherwell
Robert Motherwell
United States
April 1, 2017
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Considered as one of the most eminent American Abstract Expressionist painters, Robert Motherwell is not just a founder of the New York School, alongside Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko, but has also proved himself as an editor, printmaker, theorists, and a writer. His impulsive and intuitive approach that has been influenced by the Surrealists can be seen in his paintings. Motherwell tries to unravel the deeper meaning of reality, something that is never seen and unrecognizable. Some of his most iconic works are related to the Spanish Civil War, which left quite an impression on the artist. Robert’s desire to explore, allowed him to move from one medium to another, from paintings and prints to sketches, collages, and drawings. His mission is to create substantial and eye-catching art imagery, which will transcend pure emotions, truth, and authentic feelings.

Robert Motherwell use of black, abstract American and modern jackson pollock new expressionist work, elegy gallery 1991
Robert Motherwell – Untitled, 1981 – Photo copyright of the Dedalus Foundation, Licensed by VAGA, New York

Robert Motherwell’s Life and Education

The painter was born in 1915 in Aberdeen, Washington, as the first child of Robert Burns Motherwell II and Margaret Hogan. He grew up in San Francisco, California, where his father worked as the president of the Wells Fargo Bank. The asthmatic problems took him to the Pacific Coast, whose beautiful landscapes, vast spaces, and vivid colors, later became the integral characteristics and elements of his abstract paintings. At the age of 11 Motherwell was awarded a fellowship at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, and unlike many of his peers, he had formal education, which he got by studying painting at the California School of Art. Although Motherwell hoped to become a philosopher, and received a BA in philosophy at the Stanford in 1937, and earned a Ph.D. at the Harvard, life has chosen a different path for him. During 1938 Robert went on a year-long journey to Europe. When he came back he moved to New York, where he decided to study the history of art at the Columbia University, under the famous Meyer Shapiro.

During 1938 Robert went on a year-long journey to Europe

Robert Motherwell - open american black painter art privacy terms in jackson new york
Robert Motherwell – Three Forms, 1988 – Photo copyright of the Dedalus Foundation, VAGA, New York

Diverse Experiences and Influences

At the Stanford, the artist got into contact with the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, who introduced him to the concept of abstraction. The most valuable lesson that Motherwell learned was how to remove inessential, and show only necessary. The modernist touch in his work comes from reading symbolism and other literature from Mallarmé, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, and Octavio Paz. It was Meyer Shapiro who arranged that Motherwell studies alongside Kurt Seligmann. With his help, Robert got to know Parisian Surrealists like Max Ernst, Duchamp, and Masson. This proved to be a substantial influence in all of his future artworks. In 1941 while going together with Roberto Matta to Mexico by boat, the young artist met Maria, his future wife. Here he made eleven drawings, known as the Mexican Sketchbook. Motherwell showed the fascination with Asian calligraphy, so he used pen and ink to paint Japanese haiku poetry, and to present his interest in Zen.

Robert got to know Parisian Surrealists like Max Ernst, Duchamp, and Masson

Robert Motherwell - open black modern art, elegy painting paper in 1991
Robert Motherwell – Fowl, 1951 – Photo copyright of the Dedalus Foundation, Licensed by VAGA, New York

The Diversity

The method called psychic automatism, or artfull scribbling as Robert Motherwell named it, represents a free movement and wandering of brushes and pens over the surfaces, in which the artist allows the unconscious impulse to have the major role. This approach defines the Abstract Expressionism– putting ‘accidents’, ‘incidents’, materials and textures to be in the foreground. In 1943 Peggy Guggenheim offered him to display his series of collages. This life in a time opportunity was taken immediately, so this American artist incorporated mixed torn paper, violent themes, and expressive paint, in a relation to the Second World War. As a multi-disciplinary artist, he combined different media like collages, prints, and paintings, with diverse techniques such as oil and acrylic paint. Besides this, he introduced lithographic methods and began to use cigarette packets and artists supplies. Throughout his career, Motherwell strived to discover the personal and political meaning of his abstract art.

This approach defines the Abstract Expressionism- putting ‘accidents’, ‘incidents’, materials and textures to be in the foreground

Robert Motherwell – open and use privacy terms / Robert Motherwell american New York paper London 1991, 2017
Robert Motherwell – No. 4, 1970 (Left) / Robert Motherwell – Untitled A, 1970 (Right) – Photo copyright of the Dedalus Foundation, Inc/VAGA, New York and DACS, London 2017

The Unique Pieces and Series

In 1948 something that began as a small drawing, became maybe the most recognizable legacy of Motherwell. The Elegy to the Spanish Republic series contain over 150 works, including canvases, drawings, prints, studies, and all of them represent artist’s intellectual and emotional involvement with the Mediterranean culture. They commemorate the death and the loss of liberty, as the result of the Civil War that ended by the Spanish Republic defeat in 1939. Parallel to this, the era of enlightened humanism has disappeared with it. Through these paintings, he found black as one of the subjects, and its combination with white evokes the sense of life and death. Another pivotal moment in Robert’s career is immortalized by the Iberia project, titled by the region in Spain. In this case, Motherwell makes a transition from figuration to more pure and symbolic abstraction. To some, they remind of the bull, but they are actually about black, the most present color, and element, from which the work can occur.

The Elegies to the Spanish Republic series contain over 150 works, including canvases, drawings, prints, and studies

Robert Motherwell - Elegy to the Spanish Republic no. 70
Robert Motherwell – Elegy to the Spanish Republic no. 70 – Photo via

The Highly Talented and Appreciated Man

Because of his intellect, youth, and energy, Motherwell was considered a leading advocate of the New York School. Robert lived in Greenwich, Connecticut, and was a teacher at the Hunter College, but he also directed the publications of the The Documents of The Modern Art. His writing and editing skills could be seen in essays on art and aesthetics. The author died in 1991 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Since his first solo exhibition in 1939 at the Raymond Duncan Gallery in Paris, his works have been displayed in various cities and museums around the world, such as the Arts Club in Chicago, the San Francisco’s Museum of Art, or the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His exhibitions took place at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the Royal Academy, London, and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016A Process of Emphasis, Prints of Robert Motherwell, Works on Paper, 1971-1988Dedalus Foundation, New London, UKSolo
2016Robert Motherwell, Abstract ExpressionismBernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UKSolo
2016Robert Motherwell, The Art of the CollagePaul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USASolo
2015Robert Motherwell: A Centenary Survey of Major WorksBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonSolo
2015The New York School, 1969: Henry Geldzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtPaul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2015Winter SelectionLoretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2015Line: Making the MarkMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2015Literary DevicesFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2014Robert Motherwell - Works On Paper, 1951-1991Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2014Robert Motherwell - collages watercolours graphicsAnnandale Galleries, Annandale, NSWSolo
2014At five in the afternoon: Robert MotherwellNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACTSolo
2014Robert Motherwell: A Collection of Works 1970-1990Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WYSolo
2014Robert Motherwell: Collage, Part IIBernard Jacobson Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2014Bronzes - Drawings - PrintsHachmeister Galerie, MünsterGroup
2014ImpressionsBernard Jacobson Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art GallerySan Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2014The Social Bases of Abstract ArtUpDown Gallery, RamsgateGroup
2014Gallery ArtistsBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Abstract ExpressionismJulie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MAGroup
2014Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Peter DoigGallery A-zone, OkayamaGroup
2014Abstraction: Modernist Masters From the Bennington CollectionUsdan Gallery - Bennington College, Bennington, VTGroup
2014On Paper: In SeriesMarsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DCGroup
2014Openness And Clarity: Color Field Works From The 1960S And 1970SHonor Fraser, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Form Figure Abstraction 1940-1960DC Moore Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014W O P Works On PaperJerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NCGroup
2014Lithographs · Silkscreens · Etchings · Mixed MediaWagner Art Gallery, Sydney, NSWGroup
2014Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. HaskellPrinceton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJGroup
2014Artists of the James GalleryACME Fine Art & Design, Boston, MAGroup
2014TransatlanticUpDown Gallery, RamsgateGroup
2014Modern Masters - 20th Century Icons from the AlbrightKnox Art Gallery - Denver Art Museum,Denver, COGroup
2014Contemporary MastersZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2014Pulled, Pressed And Screened: Important American PrintsMuseum of the Southwest, Midland, TXGroup
2014American Art: 1950–1975Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MAGroup
2014January Group ShowBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Robert Motherwell: Four Decades of CollageMcClain Gallery, Houston, TXSolo
2013Robert Motherwell: Early CollagesSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYSolo
2013Robert Motherwell: CollageBernard Jacobson Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2013Robert Motherwell - CollageBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonSolo
2013Robert Motherwell: I Primi CollagePeggy Guggenheim Collection, VeniceSolo
2013A SurveyJerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NCSolo
2013Modern Masters On View In Palm BeachMark Borghi Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2013Helen Frankenthaler, Robert MotherwellGreenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2013Blackmountain College. Scenius And SympathiesGalerie Sabine Knust, MunichGroup
2013Ruhe-Störung - Streifzüge durch die Welten der CollageMARTa Herford, HerfordGroup
2013Pollock e gli Irascibili - La scuola di New YorkPalazzo Reale, MilanGroup
2013American Gestures: Abstract Expressionism MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2013Re-View: Onnasch CollectionHauser & Wirth, London Group
2013Private SelectionsNina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
2013Pictures of NothingThe Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NYGroup
2013Made In The Usa - From Abstract Expressionists To Color Field PaintersPalm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2013City And SeaMoeller Fine Art Ltd, New York City, NYGroup
2013Dna: Strands Of AbstractionLoretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013Abstract NaughtAckland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NCGroup
2013Reviewing the Real - Frederick RWeisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2013Von der Fläche zum RaumMuseum Liaunig, NeuhausGroup
2013A Century of CollageBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Ab-ex, Re-con - Abstract Expressionism ReconsideredNassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NYGroup
2013Il Guggenheim. L'avanguardia americana 1945–1980Palazzo delle Esposizioni, RomeGroup
2013The Artist and the PoetThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2013Black SpaceZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2013Caro, Frankenthaler, Louis, Motherwell, Noland, Olitski, StellaPaul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Robert Motherwell: Prints from the Artist's Studio (London)Bernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonSolo
2012Robert Motherwell - Beside The SeaProvincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MASolo
2012Robert Motherwell: Abstract ExpressionistSaint Louis University Museum of Art - SLUMA,Saint Louis, MOSolo
2012The Essential Idea: Robert Motherwell's Graphic WorksAsheville Art Museum, Asheville, NCSolo
2012Wilfred Davis Fletcher Collection: In the AbstractBoise Art Museum BAM, Boise, IDGroup
2012Exposition de groupeMarlborough Monaco, MonacoGroup
2012Cellblock IIAndrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Cellblock IAndrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Artists in AmericaNassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NYGroup
2012Constructing Deconstructing: Abex CollageHollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, NYGroup
2012Now Here is also Nowhere: Part IHenry Art Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2012States of FeelingHillsboro Fine Art, DublinGroup
2012Chattanooga Gems IIIHunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TNGroup
2012Summer Group Show Bernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Abstract Expressionist Works on PaperFlint Institute of Arts, Flint, MIGroup
2012Abstract ExpressionismNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACTGroup
2012Abstracción Y MovimientoCentro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), SevillaGroup
2012On Paper: From Baselitz To Warhol  KM fine Arts, Chicago, ILGroup
2012Moeller New York Summer ExhibitionMoeller Fine Art Ltd, New York City, NYGroup
2012CollagesEspace de l’art concret, Mouans SartouxGroup
2012To the Museum of Modern DreamsStaatsgalerie Stuttgart, StuttgartGroup
2012Between Abstract and FigurativePalm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2012The Joys of Collecting: Selections from the Eisen CollectionMOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FLGroup
2012Abstract Expressionism: Then and NowFlint Institute of Arts, Flint, MIGroup
2012AccrochageGalerie Boisserée, Cologne Group
2012Fresh Widow - Fenster-Bilder seit Matisse und DuchampK20 Grabbeplatz, DusseldorfGroup
2012De La Generosidad. Obras De La ColecciÓn Helga De AlvearCGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de CompostelaGroup
2012Reconciling OppositesBernard Jacobson Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Gallery SelectionsHollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, NYGroup
2012Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951–1969Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2012Gallery ArtistsBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2012To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips CollectionFrist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TNGroup
2012Discursive AbstractionBernard Jacobson Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Ulae | Universal Limited Art EditionsGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2011Focus: Robert MotherwellDenver Art Museum, Denver, COSolo
2011Robert Motherwell: Works on PaperBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonSolo
2011Painting on Paper: The Drawings of Robert MotherwellArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ONSolo
2011Robert Motherwell: MusicGreenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2011American Treasures: Masterworks From The Butler Institute Of American ArtBoca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FLGroup
2011AccrochageGalerie Boisserée, Cologne Group
2011Die Galerie Christian Pixis Zeigt Arbeiten VonGalerie Christian Pixis, MunichGroup
2011Gallery Artists Bernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Kartons - Works on CardboardGalerie Lelong, ZurichGroup
2011Escape from the Vault: A Few Great Paintings and SculpturesHonolulu Museum of Art,Honolulu, HIGroup
2011Gesture and Abstraction: AbEx Gallery SelectionsHollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, NYGroup
2011Symbiosis: Conversations Between East And WestHackettIMill, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Hot Cold CoolAMUM - Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Memphis, TNGroup
2011Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning - The New York SchoolThe Museum of Fine Arts,St. Petersburg, FLGroup
2011ColorUtah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UTGroup
2011Black Mountain College and Its LegacyLoretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Collaboration in Creativity: Printmaking Workshops in AmericaFort Wayne Museum of Art,Fort Wayne, INGroup
2011ThreeHillsboro Fine Art, DublinGroup
2011Fall Group ShowBernard Jacobson Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011End of Summer Deaccession SaleElins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Summer Print ShowMarsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DCGroup
2011A Summer of American Masters with Robert Indiana KM fine Arts, Chicago, IL Group
2011Abstract Expressionism and its DiscontentsPennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,Philadelphia, PAGroup
2011Surrealism: The Poetry of DreamsQueensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2011Color Field RevisedLoretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Abstract Expressionist New York Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ONGroup
2011Drawings (Zeichnungen)Art Forum Ute Barth, ZurichGroup
2011Gallery Group ShowBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Zettels Traum Von der Heydt Museum, WuppertalGroup
2011A.k.a. ZenDavid Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2011The Abstract AutographKemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MOGroup
2011Gallery SelectionsHollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, NYGroup
2011Pasted Papers: The Art of CollageMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2011Master Drawings in New YorkBarbara Mathes Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011New AcquisitionsLeslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Robert Motherwell - PaintingsLocks Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2010Robert Motherwell: Lost in Form, Found in LineJerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NCSolo
2010Lost in Form, Found in Line: Works by Robert MotherwellMontgomery Museum of Fine Arts,Montgomery, ALSolo
2010Robert Motherwell - printmaking impressionsGalerie Weihergut Biberngasse, SalzburgSolo
2010Robert Motherwell - printmaking impressionsGalerie Weihergut Altstadtgalerie, SalzburgSolo
2010Group exhibitionAlan Cristea Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Das Geistige in der Kunst – Vom Blauen Reiter zum Abstrakten ExpressionismusMuseum Wiesbaden, WiesbadenGroup
2010From a collection of Abstract Works on Paper 1941 - 1971Cheim & Read, New York City, NYGroup
2010Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects ArtWeatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NCGroup
2010The EtchingLeslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Abstraction RevisitedCAM - Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2010A Selection of rarely seen, privately owned, early Abstract Expressionist worksCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
2010American Prints 1965 - 2005Kunsthandel Jörg Maaß, BerlinGroup
2010Poetic Works as MetaphorCornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FLGroup
2010Gallery Mixed ShowBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art MuseumThe Dayton Art Institute,Dayton, OHGroup
2010Press Art - Sammlung Annette und Peter NobelMuseum der Moderne, SalzburgGroup
2010Cross Currents in 20th Century Art: Prints and Ceramics from the Anne C. and Harry Wollman CollectionCurrier Museum of Art, Manchester, NHGroup
2010Painters' PrintsMarsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DCGroup
2010Arte americana 1850-1960. Capolavori dalla Phillips Collection di WashingtonMART - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, RoveretoGroup
2010Group Show Summer 2010Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert MotherwellPace Prints, New York City, NYGroup
2010Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of ArtUlrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KSGroup
2010Modern TimesDe La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on SeaGroup
2010Modern Art, Sacred Space: Motherwell, Ferber and GottliebThe Jewish Museum of New York,New York City, NYGroup
2010Abstract ResistanceWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
201020TH CENTURY CONTEMPORARY MASTERSZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2010Out of the back roomManny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Modern Times: responding to chaosKettle's Yard, Cambridge, CambridgeshireGroup
2010Group Show 2010Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010American PrintsRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Robert Motherwell: An Attitude Toward Reality From the Collection of the Walker Art CenteMary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, ILSolo
2009Robert Motherwell: Lost in Form, Found in LineMOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FLSolo
2009Robert Motherwell - OpenBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonSolo
2009Robert Motherwell - L'oeuvre gravé 1960-1989Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée,La LouvièreSolo
2009Important Works on PaperLeslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009GroupingsManny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009DrawingLocks Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2009Works on PaperMarlborough Chelsea, New York City, NYGroup
2009Contemporary PrintsAlan Cristea Gallery, LondonGroup
2009The Guardian and the Avant-Garde: Seymour Lipton's Sentinel II in ContextAckland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NCGroup
2009Chance AestheticsKemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, MOGroup
2009American Printmaking since 1996Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, DubrovnikGroup
2009Summer Deaccession SaleElins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Auspicious Vision - Edward Wales Root and American ModernismPhilbrook Museum of Art,Tulsa, OKGroup
2009no school - only abstraction is revolutionGalerie Born+Busse , LeipzigGroup
2009COLLAGE, LONDON NEW YORKFred [London] Ltd., LondonGroup
2009Independent Visions: American Paintings, Drawings, and SculptureJohn Berggruen Gallery,San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Group Exhibition : the seamless garmentBroadbent Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Works on PaperGalerie Klüser, MunichGroup
2009Works On PaperGALERIE KLÜSER 2, MunichGroup
2009Four - 4 - photography-painting-sculpture-drawing and videoBlack Cube Gallery, BarcelonaGroup
2009Days Lumberyard StudiosACME Fine Art & Design, Boston, MAGroup
2009Great Impressions IIDean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2009Pollock’s Mural and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of ArtFigge Art Museum, Davenport, IAGroup
2009Shaping Reality: Geometric Abstraction after 1960The Minneapolis Institute of Arts,Minneapolis, MNGroup
2009International: 20th Century and Contemporary MastersHillsboro Fine Art, DublinGroup
2009Layered BoxedNohra Haime Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2009Pop to PresentCantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CAGroup
2009Grafik; Multiple & Plastik Der 60iger Und 70iger JahreGalerie Baal, BielefeldGroup
2009Collected VisionsBronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New York City, NYGroup
2009Modern MastersMuseum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD Downtown, San Diego, CAGroup
20091968-69: 40 Years LaterArmand Bartos Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Action Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
2009The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia: 1860-1989Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2009Vivre l'art - collection VenetEspace de l’art concret, Mouans SartouxGroup
2009Gallery SelectionsHollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, NYGroup
2009Gallery Mixed ShowBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Made in AmericaManny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Synchronies: Undercurrents in Postwar European and American AbstractionHackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Robert Motherwell: Unique MonotypesGreenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2008Robert Motherwell - Tres poemas de Octavio PazMuseo de Arte Abstracto Español, CuencaSolo
2008Robert Motherwell - Five Great OpensBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonSolo
2008Robert Motherwell: America - La France VariationsGreenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2008Robert Motherwell : EstampesGalerie Chantal Bamberger, StrasbourgSolo
2008To Painting (A la pintura) Robert Motherwell's Aquatints for Poems by Rafael AlbertiArt Gallery at University of Saint Josep, West Hartford, CTSolo
2008Text Messages: Books by Artists Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2008Inspired by Literature: Art and Fine BooksJane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJGroup
2008PEGGY GUGGENHEIM E LA NUOVA PITTURA AMERICANAPeggy Guggenheim Collection,VeniceGroup
2008Collector's EyeGana Art Gallery, SeoulGroup
2008Blake to Kahlo to Warhol: Masterworks from the Harry Ransom CenterEl Paso Museum of Art (EPMA), El Paso, TXGroup
2008Action AbstractionSaint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MOGroup
2008Contemporary Masters: Print SelectionsAmy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CTGroup
2008REFLECTIONS ON LIGHT - 30 years Galerie BerndGalerie Klüser, MunichGroup
2008Reflections On Light - 30 Years Galerie Bernd KlüserGALERIE KLÜSER 2, MunichGroup
2008Reflections On Light - 30 YearsGALERIE KLÜSER 2, MunichGroup
2008Highlights From The Permanent CollectionMasur Museum of Art, Monroe, LAGroup
2008Tilted BalanceCollectors Contemporary, SingaporeGroup
2008From Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art: Johns, Rauschenberg and the Aesthetic of IndifferenceSonomoa Valley Museum of Art, SonomaGroup
2008Nuances of PrintmakingKoehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, ILGroup
2008The sight of musicMississippi Museum of Art MMA, Jackson, MSGroup
2008Abstraction: Summer 2008Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2008Philadelphia Collects: Works on PaperDelaware Center for Contemporary Arts - DCCA,Wilmington, DEGroup
2008Ganz schön ART-ig - LECKERBISSEN IIIFischerplatz Galerie | BEGE Galerien, Ulm Group
2008Paper Trail II: Passing Through CloudsThe Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MAGroup
2008Modern and Contemporary PrintsOsborne Samuel, LondonGroup
2008Action Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976The Jewish Museum of New York, New York City, NYGroup
2008Blood on Paper - the Art of the BookVictoria & Albert Museum - V&A, LondonGroup
2008Die Hände der KunstMARTa Herford, HerfordGroup
2008Side By Side Docents’ Choice: Works On PaperMount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MAGroup
2008Color as Field - American Painting, 1950–1975Smithsonian American Art Museum,Washington, DCGroup
2008Far Out! The 60s and 70s: Works from the Collection Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IAGroup
2008Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey CollectionSamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FLGroup
2008Degas to Diebenkorn: The Phillips CollectsThe Phillips Collection, Washington, DCGroup
2008Action PaintingFondation Beyeler, RiehenGroup
2008Blattgold - Meisterwerke der Grafischen Sammlung des Museum MorsbroichMuseum Morsbroich, LeverkusenGroup
2008The Hands of ArtSMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, GhentGroup
2008The Story Goes On – Contemporary Artists in the Wake of Van GoghMODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, DebrecenGroup
2007Twelve Drawings from Robert Motherwell's Lyric SuiteThe Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CASolo
2006ROBERT MOTHERWELL The Artist's EditionsGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2006Robert Motherwell The Torn Edge: Prints and CollagesJerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NCSolo
2006Robert Motherwell - Te QuieroUtah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UTSolo
2005Robert Motherwell - Paintings, Collages, Works on PaperGALERIE KLÜSER 2, MunichSolo
2004Robert Motherwell from the Collection: 1940–1990The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXSolo
2004Robert Motherwell: RedGreenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2003Robert Motherwell Works On PaperJerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NCSolo
2003Robert Motherwell - Selected PrintsMarlborough Chelsea, New York City, NYSolo
2003And the ARt of ZenLeslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CASolo
2003Robert Motherwell - A la pintura (to painting) J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CASolo
2002Robert Motherwell: Drawings and Related PrintsGreenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2001Robert Motherwell - Paintings and CollagesVan Doren Waxter, New York City, NYSolo
2000Robert Motherwell Collage Prints and Related WorksGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2000Robert Motherwell: Inspiration: Five Drawings for Seven PrintsGreenfield Sacks Gallery,Santa Monica, CASolo