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Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
Property from the Collection of Ann and Graham Gund
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)

Open No. 23: In Blue with Variations of Ultramarine

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Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
Open No. 23: In Blue with Variations of Ultramarine
signed with initials and dated ‘RM 68’ (upper right)
acrylic and charcoal on canvas
81 1/8 x 113½ in. (206 x 288.2 cm.)
Painted in 1968.
Provenance
Acquired by the present owner, 1969
Literature
H. H. Arnason, “Motherwell: The Window and the Wall,” Artnews 68, no. 4, summer 1969, pp. 51 and 66 (illustrated).
R. Krauss, “Robert Motherwell’s New Paintings,” Artforum 7, no. 9, May 1969. p. 28 (illustrated).
R. Simon, “Robert Motherwell: ‘Open’ Series at Marlborough-Gerston,” Arts Magazine 43, no. 8, summer 1969, p. 35 (illustrated in color).
P. Volboudt, “La Ruée vers l’espace,” XXe Siècle 35, no. 40, June 1973, p. 79 (illustrated).
J. Flam, K. Rogers and T. Clifford, eds., Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages, A Catalogue Raissoné 1941-1991, Volume Two: Paintings on Canvas and Panel, New Haven and London, 2012, p. 234, no. P419 (illustrated in color).
Exhibited
New York, Marlborough-Gerston Gallery, Robert Motherwell: “Open” Series, 1967-1969, May-June 1969, n.p. (illustrated in color).
Boston City Hall, The New York School: Selections from the Graham Gund Collection, March-April 1971.
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, A Private Vision: Contemporary Art from the Graham Gund Collection, February-April 1982, p. 61 (illustrated in color).
Exeter, Lamont Gallery, Frederick R. Mayer Art Center, Phillips Exeter Academy, An die Musik: The Painter’s Music, The Musician’s Art, October-November 1986.
New York, Knoedler & Company, Robert Motherwell: The Open Series, February-March 1993.

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