09 Aug 2017

Robert Motherwell: The Quiet + The Wild

Black Mountain College

Reviewed by Andy Gambrell

"The Quiet + The Wild," on display at Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center in Asheville, NC, features works by Robert Motherwell, who taught at the college in 1945 and 1951. For the exhibition, Jerald Melberg and Alice Sebrell curated a selection of pieces ranging from delectable, impetuous drawings to prints and paintings, all made between 1965 and 1990.

Of particular visual impact is a selection of sketches the artist made while reflecting upon James Joyce's Ulysses. At only 3 x 5 inches, the ink wash and china marker drawings command the room. Motherwell was inspired by Joyces's writing from a young age and from the mid to late 1980's, the artist made a series of etchings illustrating "Ulysses," forty of which are bound in a folio with the text. Motherwell's deep understanding of automatic drawing and his empathy for Joyce's stream-of-consciousness writing informed works in "The Quiet + The Wild" that exemplify modern expression and thought.

Exhibition Robert Motherwell: The Quiet + The Wild link
Start date 02 Jun 2017
End date 02 Sep 0201
Presenter Black Mountain College link
Venue 69 Broadway, Asheville, NC, USA map
Image Robert Motherwell, Drunk With Turpentine No. 14, 1979, 19 x 15 inches, © 1979 Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA, NY

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