Putting Pieces Together

This is the kind of collage I like to see from Motherwell, though there aren’t many like it. Parts of it resemble Arp’s torn paper collages, discussed earlier on this blog. It doesn’t escape from the pattern of blocky figures lined up like a designer’s grid, but hides it effectively. And it does get away from the pattern of circle on top, boxes below which in Motherwell’s case always indicates a figure. Notice the shadow along the torn edge of heavy paper at the bottom. There are so many discrete spaces, so many zig-zags and small connections between parts that it offers a lot more to look at than his usual figures.

Robert Motherwell, Untitled (composition) 1947

Robert Motherwell, Untitled (composition) 1947

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