Robert Motherwell | Catalog Raisonne

"In printmaking, I essentially use the same process as in painting with one important exception: to try, with sensitivity to the medium, to emphasize what printing can do best - better than say...painting or collaging or watercolor or drawing or whatever...Otherwise, the artist expresses the same vision in graphics that he does in his other work."
- Robert Motherwell (1915 - 1991)

The prints by Motherwell in our inventory are from all periods of his work. Some of these prints are extremely rare and others have been readily available for some time through various publishers. Despite the rather wide audience for Motherwell's work during his lifetime, many of these editions have been rarely shown or are sometimes overlooked in their importance. We hope that our exhibitions and inventory offerings may help bring to light the incredible range of expression found in his diverse body of work. Click this link to see what we offer: Prints

Robert Motherwell:
The Complete Prints 1940-1991: Catalogue Raisonné
By Siri Engberk, Joan Banach Hardcover, 12.25 x 10.5 x 2 inches, 7 lbs., 431 pages, 500 colorplates, 100 black & white illustrations.
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Throughout his long and prolific career, Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) produced a remarkable body of work that ranks among the most notable achievements in postwar American art. In addition to being one of the most celebrated of the Abstract Expressionist painters, Motherwell was a renowned an innovative printmaker, a distinction shared by few of his New York School contemporaries.

Motherwell produced more than 500 editions, working in collaboration with a host of workshops and printers, and in a broad variety of media. Incorporating many of the motifs set forth in his paintings, drawings, and collages, his prints and illustrated books form an extraordinary compendium of a career spent investigating the modernist tradition and the power of abstraction.

Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940-1991 presents for the first time a definitive catalogue raisonné of this aspect of the artist’s work, documenting more than 500 editions with all new research, photography, and commentary, and incorporating previously uncatalogued material. In addition the book includes an essay on Motherwell’s printmaking history, an illustrated chronology, a comprehensive bibliography and exhibition history, and a concordance with past catalogues. Supplanting earlier publications as the standard reference on Motherwell’s editioned work, this book is an invaluable resource for scholars, collectors, and general enthusiasts of an artist who made an indelible impression on the history of twentieth-century printmaking.
-Excerpt from frontispiece of the Catalog Raisonné

This is a wonderful achievement in the scholarship on this great 20th century printmaker and painter. Included are illustrations of the last 20 or so prints he made that were not included in the previous catalogue raisonné edition by Dorothy Belknap. This new edition was overseen by Siri Engberk, associate curator of the Walker Arts Center, who worked with Joan Banach, longtime archivist for Motherwell’s prints, and current vice president of the artist’s estate, the Dedalus Foundation.

This is a "must have" book by any fan of this great artist and an essential volume in any serious print collector's library.