Collage No. 2

  • Robert Motherwell, Collage No. 2, 1945, oil on paper mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1994, Dedalus Foundation, Gift of the Dedalus Foundation and museum purchase, 1995.2.2

Exhibition Label
In the spring of 1943, Peggy Guggenheim invited Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and several others to create collages for an international exhibition at her New York gallery, Art of This Century. Although he had not worked in collage before, Motherwell accepted. The chance to show alongside Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and Miró was simply too good to pass up. For Motherwell collage was a revelation. Painting over and around bits of cut or torn paper allowed him to work spontaneously, and he came to think of collage as a kind of private “journal” that offered a way to introduce bits of the everyday world into otherwise abstract compositions.

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
Title
Collage No. 2
Artist
Date
1945
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
21 7/8 x 15 in. (55.7 x 38.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Dedalus Foundation and museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on paper mounted on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1995.2.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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